GehmanPotteryWorks

Gehman Pottery Works. Makers of fine stoneware pottery

Adams, Tennessee | 207 Sales

GehmanPotteryWorks

Gehman Pottery Works. Makers of fine stoneware pottery

Adams, Tennessee 207 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
(51)
Brooke Gehman

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  • Lydia on Oct 9, 2018

    4 out of 5 stars

    The mug was little darker in color than I expected from the picture, but overall I love it!

  • Ecil Haisty on Oct 4, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I love the colors of this mug, because I felt that they were the most "hobbit-y" colors of the ones available in the shop. It shipped really fast-- i think that they actually shipped my mugs the same day that I ordered them. I ordered on September 28th (a Friday) and they arrived either that Sunday or that Monday.

  • Ecil Haisty on Oct 4, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I really love this mug, it's probably my favorite of the four that I purchased. I love that it has the hinge detail that makes it look unmistakably like a hobbit door. The handle is a great size and I like that it has a spot for your thumb to grip, since it's such a large mug that it gets heavy when it's full. Overall, really lovely. Shipped amazingly fast too.

  • Ecil Haisty on Oct 4, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Shipped really fast! The mug has a great big handle, which I love. The colors are just as vibrant in person as they are in the photos. This mug feels like it could last many years through the dishwasher.

  • Ecil Haisty on Oct 4, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I couldn't believe how fast these shipped to me! They were packed so well that I could have kicked the box across the parking lot and they would have been fine. I ordered four mugs total and I've used each one a few times so I'm pretty confident about it when I say that these are sturdy and well made. They have all survived at least one trip through the dishwasher too. They're a great size for tea lovers, and not actually as heavy as they look. They're sturdy, but not so thick that they're heavy. They all have a good sized handle and look really lovely in person.

  • Joshua Giangreco on Sep 29, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Sooooooo stoked to give this to my wife for Christmas; amazing work!

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Always makes me a little sad when I ship one of these beauts out. Thankful...but sad

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I don't know how she fits so many mugs in there!

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Dana glazing some mugs

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About

The making of lots of pots, tots and... well, world changers.

In 1993, Brooke and Dana were married and began their great adventure together. For four years Brooke apprenticed with master potters, Steve and Jane Fry in Elk Falls, Kansas. Dana learned how to glaze Brooke's hand-thrown pieces and quickly became a proficient kiln loader. Her motto when she came up against a tricky situation became, WWJD... What Would Jane Do? Brooke's hand sculpted face mugs became his signature pieces.

Gehman Pottery Works launched out on its own in 1997 in Delaware with kiddos, Amber, 14 months and Brian, 5 weeks old. They lived on Brooke's grandfather's farm in Bridgeville. Autumn joined their family while there and they continued creating a wide variety of functional pottery.

Only two years later, they moved again to Chester County, PA where the pottery continued and Abigail was born. Brooke also worked part-time as worship leader and assistant pastor at Downing Hills Christian Fellowship. Brooke recalls, "We created a physical shop in our barn and showed our wares at several craft shows. We wanted to find a way to sell our pottery online, but it wasn't as easy back then."

"We were prepared to become an adorable old couple of grandparents in our home there. We loved our life... making beautiful pottery, investing in our children and the youth at our church... but God had other plans," remembers Dana. God began stirring their hearts for discipleship and in 2005 led them to Adams, TN where they attended a Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission, Nashville. After DTS, they sold their home in PA and moved to Tennessee to continue training and become full-time volunteer staff with YWAM. They laid the pottery-making aside to become disciple makers, training students from all over the world to be missionaries.

Brooke continued using his skills to demonstrate a perspective of God as our Potter as described in the book of Jeremiah. "Clay can be very stubborn at times, almost human, you might say. But the potter needs to be patient and work with it. Taking a lump of earth and creating something useful and beautiful is a perfect picture of redemption. Even when the clay gets messed up, you can always remake it into something new."

The desire to make pottery never left the Gehmans. Finally, after a 10 year break and the addition of two more children, Anya (in 2007) and Aryn (in 2009), Gehman Pottery Works is up and running again. The Gehmans are temporarily working out of their home with plans to build a shop 50 feet out their back door. In the Fall of 2016 they took a step of faith and began working with clay full time. Their goal is to continue to use pottery and art to express the creative and redemptive heart of God.

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  • Brooke Gehman

    Owner, Potter, Artist

    I've always loved creativity in any form. As a kid in school I would fill the margins of my notebooks with sketches & doodles. In 1992 I met Clay and fell in love with the redemptive picture of taking something worthless and making lovely things.

  • Dana Gehman

    Kiln Loader Extraordinaire. Glaze Master., Owner

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Last updated on Jan 23, 2017
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Why is shipping so expensive when I order multiple items?

Because each item is individual and the combinations of items vary in size and weight, we cannot predict the shipping cost of multiple items purchased together. So, when more than one item is purchased to be shipped together, we will automatically refund any shipping overages to the original purchaser minus a small handling fee.