Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Charley Pritchard began his pottery making career in North Carolina. His interest in clay developed as a student at North Carolina State University. After naturally "taking to the wheel" in an elective course, he soon found himself traveling on weekends to visit the old time potteries of the red clay country of Seagrove, North Carolina. It was in the 200 year old pottery making tradition of this area that Charley found his calling.
After changing his degree to reflect this interest in the traditional southeastern folk potteries of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, he became the first apprentice of internationally acclaimed, British born potter Mark Hewitt of Pittsboro, North Carolina. Following this two and a half year apprenticeship he continued his training as a journeyman potter with the Owens family and with other well known pottery making families in Seagrove and in western North Carolina.
Charley and his wife Holly established their clay studio and gallery in the historic icehouse in downtown Luling, Texas in the Spring of 2000. Luling Icehouse Pottery has been featured in Texas Highways, the San Antonio Express-News, the Austin American-Statesman and The Austin Chronicle. Beginning in the Spring of 2011, Luling Icehouse Pottery began offering clay and art classes for adults and children. Charley and Holly are currently working towards developing the pottery into a community art center.
Or contact me at: Luling Icehouse Pottery, 1115 East Davis Street, Luling, TX 78648 / (830) 875-6282