about 

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” 

Pablo Picasso 

     Stony Clay Station Pottery is a Knoxville, TN area business which provideshigh end wheel-thrown, hand made functional and artful pottery.

     Artists Melissa Ball (B.F.A. Ceramics from the University of Tennessee) and Benjamin Qualls (A.S. Electrical Engineering Pellissippi State Community College) are committed to the classic ideals that's surround their art form, i.e. form and function.

     From mealtime at the family table to a relaxing evening on the back porch Stony Clay Station provides items that will enhance these experiences.

     Melissa and Benjamin began formal apprenticeships in 2002 while living inGatlinburg, TN in the field of high fire pottery where they learned their trade from some of the southeast's most respected and loved potters and ceramic artists. After completing their apprenticeships they moved to Lenoir City in 2008 to form Stony Clay Station and provide Knoxville and it's surrounding communities with their unique take on traditional high temperature pottery.

     Stony Clay Station specializes in functional kitchen and dining ware which is fired to 2350 degrees fahrenheit to ensure dishwasher, microwave and ovensafe functionality. 

     Stony Clay Station is also a great place to find fine art pottery as well. Melissa and Ben make fine sculptures, electric lamps and are well known for their luminaries, in which most of the pots structure has been cut away to reveal beautiful scenes ofnature and art that can be illuminated from inside the piece.

      Stony Clay Station has been a vendor at Knoxville's Market Square FarmersMarket since 2009 and a vendor at the Dixie Lee Farmers Market in Farragut since 2008.  You can find them Saturday mornings at both markets selling their wares. Their work can also be found at The McClung Museum gift shop on the University of Tennessee campus , The Blount Mansion in beautiful downtown Knoxville along with various eateries and business establishments in the area.

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