Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Emerson Creek Pottery
artisans are continuing the American tradition of handmade pottery in a contemporary way. The
property on which Emerson Creek Pottery sits was originally a 500-acre land grant from the
King of England. In 1825, Silas Wade aquired the land and built his two room, and two story log
cabin, now the home of Emerson Creek Pottery. To the north are the majestic Peaks of Otter, visible through the treetops in
winter. The land rolls gently away from the house to the creek beds. More information
about this historic home can be found in the Virginia Room of the Roanoke City Library,
Influenced by the energy of Early American cobalt decoration, owners Priscilla Palmer and Jim Leavitt founded
Emerson Creek Pottery in 1977. Priscilla developed the unique technique of
applying natural pigments to an absorbent glaze with a Japanese Sumi-e brush.
The spontaneity of the brush stroke, combined with the accuracy of design yields
our distinctively recognizable style. Priscilla's deep love of the natural world provides
a multitude of organic designs for all of Emerson Creek's pottery.
Our handmade ceramics have been featured at Monticello, Mt. Vernon and the
Smithsonian Institute, as well as in fine homes across America. We have had the pleasure of
designing customized handcrafted pottery patterns for numerous clubs and organizations.
Our handcrafted ceramics are formed of clay made onsite. Each piece is hand made, hand painted
and fired in a gas kiln. Each pattern is a series of carefully planned strokes.
No templates or stencils are used. The patterns are practiced and committed to memory.
The artists paint the pattern again and again. Each piece is alike and yet different,
like flowers in a field. We are currently featuring 13 different lines of ceramic pottery,
including our beloved signature line - Field of Iris,
a classic since 1977. All of our work is microwave and dishwasher safe, lead free
Visitors to Virginia find a warm welcome at Emerson Creek Pottery. We are an easy 10
minute drive from Bedford, a lovely 30 minutes from Lynchburg or Smith Mt. Lake, and a
pleasant 45 minutes from Roanoke. With its original log walls, original fireplace, and
three double barrel chimneys, the cabin which houses the Emerson Creek Pottery
factory outlet offers considerable interest to those wishing to steep themselves
in the rich history of the region. And, our guests enjoy the opportunity to connect with
the past by experiencing the special quality of our handmade pottery which continues a
true American tradition handed down to us from Colonial times.
How to Visit Emerson Creek Pottery
We are located in Bedford, VA at 1068 Pottery Lane off of Pecks Rd (Rt. 725) Between Rt. 43 and Rt. 714.
Since 1977, it has been our pleasure to offer the American heritage of handmade pottery
to our customers. We take pride in the fact that when you shop Emerson Creek Pottery,
you know that you are purchasing a little piece of history which will surely add the quality
of timeless beauty to your home. We stand behind the superior and consistent quality of our
craftsmanship and thank you for choosing Emerson Creek Pottery.
Emerson Creek Pottery is Proud to be listed on the Lynchburg, VA. Discovery Map
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