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Southern Pottery opened in October of 2003 as a way for Peter Lenzo to move his backyard studio to a storefront in the Rosewood neighborhood. Here he taught classes and offered his current work for sale as well as the work of other well known southern potters.  
  Southern Pottery had been up and running for three years when I came to the studio in the fall of 2006 to take a pottery class. I had not thrown a pot in 25 years. While in the studio, I learned that Peter was selling the gallery and studio due to his health. I thought if I bought Southern Pottery, I could not only perfect my throwing skills, I could fulfill a longtime dream of mine to be a business owner, in particular a business that celebrates great American craft. Peter was an invaluable consultant to me as I strove to increase my knowledge of the clay and glaze process.

As the current owner of Southern Pottery, I have continued the vision that Peter had of offering pottery classes to the community and representing well established as well as emerging southern potters in our gallery.

As we grow, in March of 2009 our gallery moved to a 90 year old house on Devine Street in the historic Old Shandon neighborhood and in February of 2010 our studio moved behind the gallery in it's own space. Peter has moved his studio to his home to give him a little more flexibility.

While my corporate experience, ranging from industrial engineering and systems engineering to market research, has prepared me for the wide range of skills needed to successfully run a business, it is my longtime love for the craft that kept me going through the extensive rennovation project on Devine Street. It is my love for the craft that has kept me motivated to continue to grow Southern Pottery to offer an amazing clay experience to all who enter our doors. Southern Pottery is so much more than a business to me.

Please stop by and visit our space!
Donna Green, owner
3105 Devine Street . Columbia . SC . 29205 . 803.251.3001 . southernpottery@bellsouth.net