Making Good – CIVIL STONEWARE: Katherine Tucker

Pottery has always been that thing that kind of grounds me,” says artist Katherine Tucker of the pieces she creates for her Civil Stoneware line. Classically trained, Katherine began with an inky-black clay body, turning out bowls, cups, plates, and serving pieces which are stunning in their simplicity. Next she added pieces in white (which she calls “blanc”), adding sand and then some colorful super-matte finishes like lime green and cobalt blue. “All the pieces play well with each other and with other ones many people already own,” she says. “They are great to mix and match.”

Katherine is drawn to working in clay, as it feeds her sense of grounding and connection. “I heard a saying once that the frequency of the maker can be found and felt in each piece,” she says. “I like thinking about that bond I have with someone who drinks their morning coffee from one of my cups.”

Beyond platters and mise en place bowls, Katherine has recently started producing ceramic pendant lights and sconces. You can see these locally at June Coffee Roasters.

“This is such a receptive community, open to fine arts and supporting creativity. I feel honored that my work resonates with so many.”

– Katherine Tucker, founder, Civil Stoneware

What & Where To Buy

In addition to her tabletop wares and culinary pieces, Katherine creates special works each Christmas—ceramic ornaments that sing and miniature creches nestled into matchboxes. She also offers private lessons in her downtown studio space, where individuals or groups can learn the basics of pottery, fashioning their own heirloom-worthy vessels. Find Civil Stoneware online and at Table Matters in Mountain Brook Village, Still-Johnson on Morris Avenue, and the Mentone Market.

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