Charley and Holly Pritchard
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 ("fired with finesse": Smithsonian, October, 1998). 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. A love of the southwest eventually brought him to Texas, where he and his wife Holly established their first clay studio and gallery in the Spring of 2000.
About the Pottery Studio
Luling Icehouse Pottery, located in the historic Luling Icehouse (circa 1927), has been featured in Texas Highways ("Icehouses": Texas Highways, August, 2000 and "Luling: A Slice of Small-Town Fun": Texas Highways, June, 2004), the San Antonio Express-News ("Potter's wheels stop in Luling": San Antonio Express-News, December 10, 2000), the Austin Chronicle ("Day Trips": The Austin Chronicle, December 1, 2000) and the Austin American-Statesman ("Think Small: Looking for a town, not just house": Austin American-Statesman, November 5, 2006). Our pottery is created, glazed and fired on the premises, and customers can view various stages of the entire ceramic process from our sales gallery. Our gallery also features unique garden ceramics, art pottery, jewelry, stained glass and fine art by a variety of Central Texas Artists.
1115 East Davis Street
Luling, TX 78648
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5