It is yet another busy morning at the wood fired kiln on the Breedloves’ family farm in south Oconee County, as several ceramic artists, including Lori Breedlove and Kyle Jones, carefully pluck pottery pieces ranging from earthen mugs with faces to oblong or patterned vases out of the kiln. 

Breedlove and Jones help cover the surfaces of the surrounding tables with pottery, while their peers help hoist the 27-pound kiln shelves out of the kiln and vigorously scrub and scrape the shelves clean. 

Just as they belong to this small bunch of potters, Breedlove and Jones more recently helped form another group called Athens Area Potters. 

The artists in the organization initially came together to support each other in their artistic endeavors.

“We got together beforehand just to hang out,” said Jones. 

He explained that those conversations progressed to people discussing organizing a pottery sale or perhaps even a tour.

Breedlove said that about a year ago, she and the other potters began pooling their resources and started the group’s website, athensareapotters.com

“When we have these weekends that we have sales, we can give somebody a map and say, ‘Hey, thanks for coming to my sale. Here’s five more studios nearby,’” Breedlove added. 

For more on this story, see the Feb. 13 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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