Melissa Weiss digging clay in northwest Arkansas.
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Melissa Weiss

Weiss makes functional pottery from wild clay that she digs from her land in northwest Arkansas. She makes a custom-blended stoneware from this clay, fires to Cone 10 in a gas-fueled reduction-atmosphere kiln and, using wood as fuel, reduction-cools her kiln. Weiss has recently written a book, The Handbuilt Potter, which will be released in January 2019, and is available for preorder wherever books are sold.  Follow her on social media @melissaweisspottery.


Potter Melissa Weiss holding one of her large bowls. Weiss digs her own clay in Northwest Arkansas, and operates a studio in Asheville, North Carolina.
The clay on my land is very obvious; you can pick up a chunk and make a pinch pot. I dug a bucket of it and took it home, then made a couple test pots and fired them.