Robert Pickenpaugh, like his pottery, is an original. He, like the pots, is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation whose work and style, may be copied somewhat, but never exactly duplicated. By point of comparison, there are people who, perhaps, fit a certain mold, like ceramics whose patterns and shapes are predetermined by the mold from which they are made and whose outward finished patterns are set for mass production. Not so, Pickenpaugh or his hand-thrown pots, and glazes that seem often to have a life of their own, a life which does not match a mold or a pattern.
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Robert Pickenpaugh opened Pickenpaugh Pottery in Madison in September 1973. His is one of the oldest businesses in Madison, though he has had shops in two locations during his tenure in town. Pickenpaugh chose Madison because he saw it as an ideal small town destination for an excursion from Jackson. Such excursions would be, he thought, conscious choices persons would make to purchase pottery instead of simply seeking a vessel at a shopping mall.
This concern for people, both customers and students, has always been a hallmark for Pickenpaugh. The "people" element has been as much a part of this 40+ years venture as has been the pottery he has produced. Some of his customers have been with him for his tenure in Madison. They indeed see an excursion to Pickenpaugh Pottery as a rewarding experience.
Robert teaches classes at Pickenpaugh Pottery and at at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Check out "Classes" on our site and/or the link above for classes at the craft center.
Pickenpaugh Pottery is made of clay from Sledge, Mississippi, and is lead free, oven proof, dishwasher safe and microwave safe. Each piece is hand crafted without the use of molds to make one of a kind pieces every time. In our gallery we have everything from functions pieces like plates, bowls, & planters to one of a kind art pieces that came from creative inspiration.
Pickenpaugh Pottery has not only extended from Robert Pickenpaugh but to his wife Merry, two daughters Peyton and MerryCline, and son-in-law Patrick Coffey. It has been a family business since the beginning and will stay that way. Pickenpaugh is all Madison Mississippi made. All clay and glazes are mixed right at the shop as well as all pottery. Please, come on by to browse our ever changing gallery. We would be happy to give you a tour of our studios, kiln room, mixing room and anything else you are interested in.