About Tom Jones
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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. 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 back 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 at the pottery in Clay City.
Liz Philbrick joined the team in early 2020. She is an extremely talented artist who works with several mediums and in fact we have several of her paintings on display here at the shop. She is also a pineneedle basket maker and teacher. Liz is involved making decorative crosses along with other pieces.
My decorator, the fabulous Carol Gordon, donates her time at the shop. She has been staging and keeping the showroom displays in order since early 2013. Thank you Carol!!!
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, the Gable Pottery, 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 the current pottery building 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 on the property 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 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.