About Judy Jones
Maggie May, Judy Jones beloved dog who spent everyday at her Gatlinburg pottery shop recently passed away and went to doggy heaven. She was so much a part of the pottery shop I decided to leave her picture on the website to honor her for her many years of devotion and service. I now have another dog named Bella May, who accompanies me to my Gatlinburg TN pottery shop every day. Come on in and say hi to me and Bella May.
When I graduated from the University of Iowa, I graduated with my certificate to teach art but wanted to engage myself in art rather than teach. In 1979 I established my first pottery studio and began to travel to local and regional art fairs. I called it "Sugar Creek Pottery" because my husband and I and our son, Don, lived in the country on "Sugar Creek" just outside of West Point, Iowa. In 1992 we moved to Fort Madison, Iowa nearby the reconstructed replica of Old Fort Madison and I changed the name to "Old Fort Pottery". From that location, I operated a gallery in conjunction with the studio and began to do fewer and fewer art fairs. Across the Mississippi River and 9 miles from Fort Madison was an active tourism center in Nauvoo, Illinois and in 1996 I moved my shop and studio and adopted the name "Nauvoo Pottery & Gift Gallery". I retired from the Gatlinburg Craftsman's Art Fair in 2016 after participating since 1985.
Then, in 2001, I moved my studio to it's present location in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and invite you to visit "Judy Jones Pottery & Gift Gallery in the Smokies".
Tennessee is renowned for fine artists and exceptional craftsmen, and of course exceptional craftswomen, and among the finest are located in The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. This 8 mile craft loop winds thru the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and is home to over 85 galleries and shops of working craftspeople. Judy Jones is one of those Smoky Mountain potters, one of those Gatlinburg potters, one of those “craft loop potters“. My Gatlinburg pottery studio and pottery gallery is open most every day of the week, year round, so you can usually find me working in the studio and are welcome to watch this Arts and Crafts Community potter at work while you browse the complete line of wheel thrown, functional, stoneware pottery, as well as locally made copper jewelry, hats and scarves, leather journals and fused glass to purchase. Judy Jones Pottery is well known for original pottery designs like Dogwood and Chickadees, Iris, and Moon over the Smokies on custom dish sets, canister sets and casseroles and has developed one-of-a-kind pottery items like her famous adjustable, domed bird feeders and her potpourri burners using oil lamps. All of Judy Jones Pottery is microwave and oven safe with absolutely no lead in the glazes. Special orders are welcomed and I pack and ship them to you. Visit us in the Mountain Arts Complex for the best hand thrown pottery in Gatlinburg TN..