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!


What Your Mother Doesn't Know She Needs

What Your Mother Doesn't Know She Needs

I hear it all the time: "My mom is so hard to shop for - she has everything!" And I can say without a doubt that I feel ya on this one. I happen to have a Mom who is just about as kind-hearted and low maintenance as they come, which means that she doesn't require much "extras".

So what do you get a woman who has everything she needs?
Things that she doesn't know that she needs, of course.
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Hot Brown Sliders for Derby Day in May

Hot Brown Sliders for Derby Day in May

The Kentucky Derby is a wonderful tradition that runs deep in most Kentuckian’s blood. A quick guide for those of you out of the loop, the Derby is a horse race that is held once a year in Louisville, KY at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. It is the most anticipated horse race of the year, and is kind of a big deal in the Bluegrass State.
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Inspired in the Spring

Inspired in the Spring

Spring is always such a wonderful, magical time for me – and I suspect for us all. It is the time of year that inspiration comes barreling at me like a train and I cannot help but let it collide.
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The heART of a Dirty South Holiday

The heART of a Dirty South Holiday

Hello Dirty Southerners! We have found ourselves at the start of the holiday season once again, and like always it has taken us by surprise. Who knew that August, September and October went by so quickly?
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A Glimpse of Main Street Living

A Glimpse of Main Street Living

The collective 'they' in this world always say that you will never be completed with a renovation. ‘They’ are correct.

I’ve been waiting to take our official ‘after’ photos for the day that our apartment is magazine ready. With the year anniversary of our move approaching next month, the reality that life doesn’t ever reach magazine level of readiness has hit.
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Aspire to Inspire

Aspire to Inspire

I love running my own business. It enables me to set my own pace for work, lets me take half days (as long as I am willing to work late the next day) and has allowed my deep rooted desire for purpose to come forward. It’s a great feeling to wake up and know that you are working hard on fulfilling your dreams.
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Creating A New Perspective on Creating

Creating A New Perspective on Creating

I have developed these false assumptions about what dictates good art from bad art off of a variety of influences, from the media to textbooks. But I have to say the worst purveyor of these thoughts came from my classroom critiques in college. Roughly every two weeks you would put your work up in front of the class, in a row with the other students’ art. Everyone would step back, take a look at everyone else's work. This is the piece that has had their attention and sweat (not to mention sometimes blood) for weeks and then everyone would….. shred it to bits. Look, I get it. It’s amazing how your work can benefit when you get other’s point of view, and you must be taught that the world will sometimes reject your art. Blah blah blah.
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Interview With A Potter

Interview With A Potter

Most of you who follow this blog know this, but for the new comers here I (Ashley) am the writer and author behind this blog. It can be a little confusing when running a husband-and-wife business on social media, because a lot of the time you can’t tell who’s posting what content. 95% of the time when you see a Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest update, it’s me (Ashley), and 100% of the blogs are mine.
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The Origins of Creativity - Bourbon Edition

The Origins of Creativity - Bourbon Edition

When I decided to become a full-time ceramic artist, there are a few things I didn't expect to happen: that we would be able to afford a storefront in the historic Downtown Winchester, that Carvel would ever quit his job to join me, and that we would have a mug that would be considered our flagship product. Here we are, almost 2 years later, and all three have happened. Of these things, what I have been asked about the most is the origins of our flagship mug's phrase, 'this might be bourbon'.
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Behind the Uniform

Behind the Uniform

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought today would be a great day to chat about our window display, which many folks have asked us about.
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The Rise of Dirty South

The Rise of Dirty South

This wonderful life never ceases to amaze me. This past Friday, as most of you know, we pulled down the brown paper and let light and life back into the commercial part of our building. For so long I have harbored this baby, shielding it from the prying eyes of negativity and naysayers.
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Can-Do Kitchen Renovation

Can-Do Kitchen Renovation

I am VERY happy to announce that Carvel and I have been officially moved into our downtown apartment! This is amazing news that I have been waiting for over a year to be able to say. It has been a huge adjustment for us (whose idea was it to put the master bedroom on the third floor?) and even more so for our fur babies. Through that, we are loving it.
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