Meet Ashley; the Lady of the South.

Founder, CEO & Lead Potter of Dirty South, this blog features her writings on living as a modern-day southerner,
an inside perspective of the business, and what it is really like to own & operate a small shop. Grab a glass of sweet tea & enjoy!


In Pursuit of Fearless

In Pursuit of Fearless

Only recently have I realized & accepted that I am a very crucial part of what makes Dirty South Pottery special. Before I would separate my skills from “me” – I knew that my vision was important, my skills as a potter were important, my designs & ideas were important. But somehow, I failed to realized that all those things cannot be divided neatly from me – that the person I am created those unique things, and therefore is innately more special than any of them individually.
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No More Classes in Clay - Here's Why.

No More Classes in Clay - Here's Why.

"When are your classes going to start enrolling?” “Do you have classes for kids?” “Can you do a private class for a birthday?” “How do I sign up for classes?”- We receive questions like this on a normal basis, so we wanted to address it on our feed.
 
We do not offer classes in any form now, and we will not in the future.
For all the details, please read the full blog!
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Giving Back - Mini Scooped is here!

Giving Back - Mini Scooped is here!

But it’s not your average Plain-Jane fundraising event. One of the key pieces of Scooped is that we create a sense of community that is centered on our street. The general idea is that this feel like a neighborhood event that shows off the best that our street has to offer, with us creating parklettes for seating, booths of our contributing potters selling their work, performers from Leeds showcasing their talents on the sidewalk, and having demonstrations on the wheel outside on the sidewalk.
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11 Ways to Help Your Local Shops Survive the 2020 Holiday Season

11 Ways to Help Your Local Shops Survive the 2020 Holiday Season

As we head into the holiday shopping season, it is very realistically a make-or-break time for many small businesses throughout our country. From increased cost of business, to downsizing staff, to a decrease in casual shopping, to eliminating large in-person sale events; much of what would be business as normal has now changed. And we collectively need your help keeping your favorite local shops alive to see 2021.
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An Autumn Break - September 2020 Temporary Closing

An Autumn Break - September 2020 Temporary Closing

From September 14-29th, 2020, our store will be going dark. No in-store shopping, no processing orders, no phone calls or emails, no pickups -
Dirty South Pottery will be on a break for the last two weeks of September. 

Our online shop will still be open for orders, but we must stress that no order will be processed until September 30th, 2020. Read on for full details on this break.
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Overdue.

Overdue.

I do not know exactly how to start this blog, but I am going to just start where I am at and see where it takes us.
First and foremost, I am going to start with this: Black. Lives. Matter.
This is not a trend. This is the truth, the battle cry for the unheard. I am not here to convince you of this truth, I am here to talk about how we are going to do our part to make sure that our children’s generation doesn’t have to hear this truth contested.
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Anxiety & Encouragement

Anxiety & Encouragement

A few years ago I started to try new things to help level out the stress. I started to meditate. I tried reading for the last hour before bed. I exercised. I started eating more of the healthy, whole foods that I had chosen to ignore up until that point in my life. I planned travel. I allowed myself to fail and not dwell on it (too much). 
 
But by far the thing that I started that I have consistently done in recent years to help with anxiety is drinking hot tea.
 
That’s right. Tea.
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The Next Phase - Reopening

The Next Phase - Reopening

I think the most important part of the reopening process is to adapt the in-store shopping experience to make it safe for everyone – the shopper, the employees, the next shopper. For us and our little store, we are having trouble putting that puzzle together.
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Shopping Updates Amid COVID-19

Shopping Updates Amid COVID-19

"We have had many people reach out to see how COVID-19 has effected shopping with us and to ask important questions. I wanted to take the time to create a space for all of those questions to be answered in"
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How We Are Doing Amid the COVID 19 Pandemic

How We Are Doing Amid the COVID 19 Pandemic

"We make most of our income from our shop in Winchester, which is the easiest and most productive way for us to sell our work. A good portion of our income comes from markets and events, another good portion from wholesale and corporate gifts, and a little slice from online sales. So how has COVID 19 effected our business? It has pretty much eliminated 90% of our revenue streams."

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Why We Had to Say Goodbye to Classes in Clay

Why We Had to Say Goodbye to Classes in Clay

We purchased our building on North Main Street back in the summer of 2014. When we first became owners our intentions were clear; we would live upstairs, have a production-style classroom area downstairs, and a small store upfront. We would teach 2-4 six week classes at any given time, with a once-a-month single class for those who were just looking to see what it was all about before committing to a longer course. This was going to bring hands-on opportunities in the arts to the folks in our community, and allow them to see what it takes to make art. 
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Mug Makin' - Behind The Scenes

Mug Makin' - Behind The Scenes

It’s hard to explain the amount of work that it takes to create a single mug. Most people simply do not have a context for the process of pottery, because we usually don't have the exposure to it that we do with other art mediums. Most people can tell you the basic steps of painting; paintbrush + paint + canvas = a painting.
 
But what about ceramics?
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