Southside resident Emily Lloyd recently launched Wheelhouse Pottery, a ceramics business focusing on clean, simple designs coated in naturally colored glazes. Her handcrafted tableware, serving and jewelry dishes and hanging planters are now available online at wheelhousepottery.org.
"If you want to show off some pretty planters or pottery, I think I can help you with that piece of pottery you'll have for a long time and will be something that you'll really come to cherish," Lloyd said of her creations, all of which are dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
The Albany, Ga., native decided with her husband to move to the Scenic City after graduating from Auburn University, where she studied public relations. After working in marketing for a few years, she realized it wasn't her passion — which she found when she started exploring pottery in the fall of 2017.
"I decided to try pottery out of the blue," said Lloyd. "I started taking classes and totally fell in love with it."
She completed a three-month internship at Annie Hanks Ceramics, learning the ins and outs of running a ceramics studio, such as the glazing and clay recycling processes. Lloyd now operates her business out of the downtown co-op Scenic City Clay Arts.
She doesn't have a storefront and currently only sells her products online, though she'd like to eventually become a vendor at local festivals and markets.
All of Lloy'd's pottery aside from her hanging planters is made to order and takes three to five weeks to be made and shipped, with additional time required for large orders. She's also open to working with clients to create custom pieces, she said.
Contact Lloyd at email@example.com or view her collections at wheelhousepottery.org.