Bulloch County native Allen Gee now lives and works in Meriwether County at the former home/studio of the late D. X. Gordy, one of several Gordy family members well-known for their pottery skills. His traditional high-fired stoneware has earned Gee quite a following of his own and he works with a motorized washtub and electric wheel at festivals throughout the South to share the process with others.
He says, “I mix the stoneware clay from a traditional recipe. After the clay is properly prepared, bowls, pitchers and mugs are turned on a pottery wheel. The glazes are made from local minerals including ground glass, hardwood ashes, and a gneiss-hornblende stone. These minerals are pulverized and milled to produce a fine powder that is mixed with clay ad water then applied to a bisque-fired pot.”
He also notes, “The stoneware is fired in a wood-burning kiln or gas kiln where it reaches temperatures hot enough to melt the homemade mix into a permanent glaze. Hot embers and flames enhance the clay and glazes causing glaze runs, pooling, and fire flashing marks on the clay.”
Photographed at Harvest Days in Old Talbot, Patsiliga Plantation
As a proud owner of one of Allen Gee’s pots, I can vouch for their quality. He creates a variety of one-of-a-kind pitchers, bowls, plates, pots and even “face” jugs. If you’re interested in purchasing something, you can contact him at 23825 Roosevelt Highway, Greenville, Georgia 30222. (770) 927-0394. He can also be reached via email at email@example.com