| Tom Jones grew up in Fairhope, Alabama and became interested in pottery in high school when he studied under master potter Edith Harwell. After graduating he was offered a scholarship from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.|
In 1976, Tom helped Ralph Jennings start A & D Pottery on the site of the current pottery. Then in 1980, Tom and his wife Pam opened their first shop in Daphne, Alabama. The pottery was manufactured from their home until more space was needed. In 1983, Tom moved all of his equipment and tools to the site of the present location of the pottery at Clay City. After years of selling to shops and galleries, throughout the region, Tom's pottery is now exclusively available in his shop here.
Susan Gould came to work in September 2015 as our sales and packing person but immediately became more interested in making pieces. With natural talent, soft touch and creative spirit she is now making lots of our production platters as well as an assortment of fun and fanciful pieces such as her "Southern Bells". A nice addition to our variety of work!
Tom Jones Pottery is located off Baldwin County Highway 33, in an area known as Clay City, which is appropriately named for its rich clay deposits and long time manufacturing of brick and tile. The first Clay City pottery works was located on the banks of Fish River around 1850. After being flooded several times plus the increased popularity of glass and tin cans, that pottery was closed around 1900. In 1940 a pottery was located further from the river, yet close enough to receive coal shipments brought up river on barges. The coal fed Beehive Kiln remains intact at the present pottery but is no longer used.
Some of Tom's handmade products are created from the same clays that were used in the earlier pottery endeavors, but now the pottery is fired in a modern "fiber" kiln fueled by natural gas to a temperature of 2400 degrees. All of the ware is lead free, most is oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
The pottery studio is located approximately 8 miles from Point Clear, 7 miles from Fairhope, 23 miles from the tunnels in Mobile and 50 miles from Pensacola, Florida.
Visitors are always welcome!