I Love the Ark-La-Tex: Marshall Pottery

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 4:47pm

I love sending souvenirs to my friends and family, and Marshall Pottery had quite a few to choose from. The best part; all of them were made locally, right in their Marshall workshop.

I loved the shop so much that Master Potter Tommy Humphries showed me around the back room. There was a ton of pottery back there, and Humphries told me that none of it is factory made. " All of the stoneware pottery is still made pretty much the way it's been since the early 1920's on electric quills, all made by hand."

That's amazing, and something I had to try..... It didn't go well.

I wasn't surprised that my attempt at pottery was so bad, especially when compared to Humphries, who has pottery in his blood. He is a 4th generation potter. For generations, his family has worked at Marshall Pottery.

My pot attempt didn't make the cut, but other than mine, after being shaped, all of the pottery sits for up to a few weeks to dry. From there, the pottery is glazed. Then, it goes into the kiln where it turns into beautiful pottery.

None of those steps are my favorite though, my favorite part of pottery is the shopping! Marshall Pottery makes all sorts of different items, from pots and plates, to flying pigs and jackolanterns.

Now, if I could just find a place to store everything I bought.

And that's just another reason I love the Ark-La-Tex.


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