Being in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, just walking out your front door can be inspiring. Artisans throughout the Franklin community have been drawing on the natural beauty of the region to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. From pottery to paintings, regardless of the type of art, the one thing they all have in common is the intent of preserving the mountain culture and heritage through art.
Since 2006, Barber Pottery has been handmade by self-taught artisans Mike and Christy Barber. When they aren’t in the studio you can find them hiking or fly fishing in the mountains. Every piece is wheel thrown by Mike before being hand carved by Christy. Finally, each piece of artwork is finished by applying multiple layers of glaze before being fired to more than 2100 degrees. Their carvings and glazes take their inspiration from nature. The pottery they create is intended to be used and enjoyed. Every piece we make is oven, dishwasher, and microwave safe.