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Tennessee Potter's Society

Tennessee Potter’s Society provides meetings to gather potters of all experience and skill levels for celebration, preservation, and education to ensure a strong community and sustainable industry for clay artists.


Our next meeting is
Saturday, March 16, 2024

Bring a Bowl to donate to benefit Habitat for Humanity


The Clay Lady’s Campus
1416 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37210


Due to the large attendance, we request you RSVP your intention to attend by emailing


The focus of our meetings center on how we as potters, which are usually solitary workers, are stronger together than apart.  Community is important to sustain our industry.

We will have speakers, Q&A, table talk with specific topics and of course, networking and conversation!

Due to the large attendance, we request you RSVP your intention to attend by emailing


Members will not be asked to pay monetary dues. However, there will be an ask at each meeting for a piece of your work to benefit our creative, non-profit, communities of Tennessee. 

Come early to the meeting and participate in our Fall Bowl-A-Thon in our pottery studio from 9:00-3:00! Clay is provided! Bowls will be given to the Cooking on The Square event to benefit Habitat for Humanity.


Each meeting will have different potters with various experience and backgrounds sharing their experience as Tennessee Potters followed by conversation and collaboration! 

Spring meeting presenters will be announced soon!

Our past speakers are also listed at the bottom.

Our August 19 Meeting Topic was informative and inspirational!
Blurred Lines: Traditional and Community Clay Education
Joseph McDaniel

At 30 years old, Joseph McDaniel has 25 years of teaching experience with his mom, The Clay Lady. He got a BFA from the Appalachian Center for Craft in 2017. Since then, he has been working full time as Operations Manager for The Campus, Mid-South Ceramic, and Opulence Glaze.

Joseph has developed the latest two lines of Opulence Glaze as well as many new colors for the other three.  His knowledge in ceramic chemistry enhances not only Opulence Glaze but is consequential in all The Clay Lady’s Product lines.

A sought after teacher, Joseph’s Glaze and Kiln workshops are always filled! His studio students receive the best in clay education with his background in community education and his experience to receive his BFA.

Joseph adds a higher level of experience to The Clay Lady’s Campus with his teaching, research and development, business management and even Soda Kiln building!

Co-Panel Discussion

As pottery becomes more accessible and not just a unique skill to be learned from a master or university, Community Art Centers must evolve to offer the depth of knowledge to understand ceramics history, tradition, and craftsmanship. How can this bridge be built to balance both traditional and current trends?

What is the role of Community Art Centers as access to ceramics education has become more widespread than traditional master/apprentice or University education?  How can self-taught or “social media taught” potters still gain the depth of knowledge to understand ceramics history, tradition, and craftmanship?

As pottery becomes not just a unique skill to be learned from a master or university, Community Art Centers must evolve to offer the lessons of traditional education in a community friendly format.

Join Danielle McDaniel ~ The Clay Lady (first generation) and Joseph McDaniel, BFA (second generation) as they discuss building the bridge at The Clay Lady’s Campus in Nashville, Tennessee that balances both traditional and current trends in their educational programs.  To sustain our ceramics industry and evolve with the layman’s access to education, clay, and kilns, they will share their focused intention of creating an art community that is both skilled and informed while not losing the “fun” factor of community education.


Danielle McDaniel

Danielle McDaniel~The Clay Lady has dedicated her life to the transformative power of art by teaching clay to hundreds of thousands of children and ensuring clay would be taught in the classroom by educating art teachers The Clay Lady Way. She created The Clay Lady’s Campus, an art community in Nashville TN, which sees over 500 students and artists each week, filling studios and classrooms with enhancing, creative endeavors. For all ages, all levels and in all circumstances, Danielle~The Clay Lady has created a way for clay to be accessible to everyone via videos, books, seminars and The Campus.

Take What you Think, Take What you Feel, Mix It All Up and Make Something Real.

Since 1982, this motto has been said by The Clay Lady and her students in every class and workshop. It encompasses her philosophy surrounding the greatness and goodness of being an artist that goes beyond creating a clay project but asks the artist to consider the call that artists not only make beautiful things, but they are called to make the world a more beautiful place.
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The Tennessee Potters Society will meet twice a year. Save the date for our next meeting – March 16, 2024

Members will receive biannual informative emails from Tennessee Potter’s Society.

Speakers from previous meetings:
Susan DeMay
Alexia Marcelle Abegg
Becca Jane Koehler
Chelsea Faith
Roy Overcast


Adriane SmithLaVergneClay &
Aleta Chandler ArtCurious
Alexia AbeggNashville  
Alexie SmithNashvilleLXCeramicsalexie.smith78@gmail.comyouknowlexx 
Alexis ColbertNashvilleWhen Bunnies
Alice Kate TorresNashvilleAlice Kate Torres
Alissa GossNashville
Amanda Mason Ginkgo Pottery  
Anna Turner  
Anna Whitworth From Earth to
Anne Wilkins  
Anne-Marie NareyNashvilleAnne-Marie Narey Ceramics & Glassanarey@artic.educorner_of_mischief 
Ashely ClaiborneNashville RumCatClayworks@gmail.comrumcatclayworks 
Asia MathisNashville  
Audra LaddNashvilleAudra Ladd  
August Bremer  
Avery Sledesky  
Barb Bates  
Beth BarnardNashvilleBeth Barnard  
Brad HendersonNashvilleOld School Farm Potterybrad@oldschoolfarm.orgoldschoolfarmpottery 
Carly Swindell  
Cass FaganFairviewPosh
Cass Minutillo  
Cassis PitmanNashville  
Cathy Power
Chandler Al  
Chelsea LingerfeldtNashvilleChelsea Faith
Cheryl BenusNashville  
Christine RothClarksvilleThe Singing  
Claire Marie  
Claudette TidwellNashville  
Courtney SteckNashville  
Dan GutzmanHendersonvillePart of Me  
Dan SwindellNashvilleSwindell  
Danielle McDanielNashvilleThe Clay
Dan SwindellNashville  
Debbie Copley  
Dena Hershkowitz  
Devi SanfordNashvilleDevi Sanford  
Donna RizzoCharlotteRizzo
Elizabeth MartinNashivlleChapel  
Emilee MartinNashvilleMineral
Emilia McCannNashvilleWest America
Emma Elliott  
Emoke PulayNashville emokekat@yahoo.comemoke_pulay 
Ginny Smith  
Hayden ButlerNashvilleHayden’s Pottery Shopthepotter@haydenspotteryshop.comhaydenspotteryshop 
Heide WeidnerCookevillePine Hill  
Holly Bouman hfb
Ingrid Alexander  
Isha El  
Jane YackleyNashvilleJyack Potsjanekyackley@gmail.comjyackpots 
Jenn Beresford   jenn_beresford 
Jenna Beth WalkerNashville  
Jenni KellyRockwoodKelly  
Jennifer Dutton  
Jessica RussellDicksonStudio 
Jill AndersonNashvilleFeral Pottery  
Jill Sink  
Joanie CurryNashvilleCurry & Claycurryjoans@gmail.combackyardpotter 
JoAnn Velez     
Joseph McDanielNashville   
Joshua WagnerNashvilleRound Table Potteryjodadesign@gmail.comroundtablepottery 
Judith Kenigson Kristy  
Julie CummingsCollege Grove juliegc4@gmail.compottersgrovestudio 
Julie FilsonNashville  
June CallahanFranklin  
Karen Kupelian  
Kathy HusseyNashvilleKathy Hussey  
Kathy& Martin O’DonnellFranklin  
Kelly CarterNashville  
Kelsey Klein  
Kerby WilkesNashville  
Kristen Frenzel  kristenfrenzel@yahoo.comkristen_frenzel 
Leah Looper  
Leah QuaziNashvilleLeeBee Potteryleebeequa@gmail.comleebeepottery 
Leam Lescheck  
Lee Marshall Silver Ridge
Linda CrossanFranklinCrowsthree
Lisa Brown  
Lola DuffNashville  
Malinda Brafford  
Marilee Hall  
Martha DuffNashville  
Mary Margaret UlderichCamdenUlderich  
Megha Rodriguez  
Melanie MoranNashville  
Melissa McKeeNashville  
Melissa TraceNashville  
Merideth HolderNashvilleMerideth Holder
Michael Tackeff  
Michelle CokerNashville  
Namir Rivera  
Nancy Castle  
Patrick GreenCookesvilleMisty Mountain  
Philip WoodardWestmorelandPhilip Woodard  
Ralph DiPalmaNashville  
Rachel KirbyNashville  
Rebecca JacobsNashville  
Rebekah Tran  
Robbie LustigNashvilleCeramics by  
Roy OvercastNashville  
Sandrine HopeClarksvilleFrench Frog
Sarah BollingerNashvilleSlow Life 
Sarah FergusonFairview  
Sarah FornoFairview  
Sarah HearnNashville  
Sarah Humphreys
Sharla Williams  
Sherry Whitten  
Susan Fuller Black Eyed Susan  
Susan LawlessClarksvilleSusan Lawless
Susan DeMayNashvilleMade by
Susan JacksonNashville  
Suzanne BinghamNashvilleEssbee  
Tami ArcherNashville  
Tammy GentusoNashvilleStudio Gentusotsgentuso@yahoo.comtammygentuso,
Terrie Ponder Watch Cardinal Lake
Thomas Svitek  
Theresa Alley  
Timothy WeberKingston SpringsT Weber  
Tina AtkinsonNashvilleArt with Dr.  
Tish Witkin  
Tom TurnbullNashville  
Tom Rice Tom Rice  
Treva GordonNashvilleThe Wish Farmtreva@trevamusic.comtrevab,
Victoria MayNashville  
Virginia Wiley  


Danielle McDaniel~The Clay Lady

2022-2024 Representative of Tennessee Potter’s Society





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