Barley Hollow Pottery Studio

Barley Hollow is located deep in the mountains of eastern North Carolina, along a bubbling stream that’s home to fat, happy rainbow and brook trout, and occasionally rises high enough to make for nice kayaking. The forests around the studio are sweet with the scent of cedar and pine, and thick with oak and locust to shade the path to the studio and kiln. There’s usually a gray cat on the porch, too. That’s Barley.

The road leads ever onward…

The nearest road’s paving ran out a mile or so before that last curve. It’s a quiet place. If you hold your head at just the right angle and look out of the corner of your eye, you might see it. It might even be closer than you think. Barley Hollow is where the pottery comes from.

Our first glaze load cooled down enough to set out under the stars on May 31, 2010.

Update: As of June, 2015, the studio now has blue doors. They make me smile every time I walk up to them.

This is my buddy Barley. Some think the studio might be named for him.
This is my buddy Barley. Some think the studio might be named for him.

Barley Hollow is the pottery of Joel Smith. It is firmly located in Kinston, NC. Barley Hollow has a Google Voice number: (252) 624-9487

6 thoughts on “About

  1. I’ve spent the last 2 hours SEARCHING the internet for some place to purchase your pottery.
    I’ve looked at all the pictures on your website.

    I still can’t find Items and Prices of things for Sale..?? HELP. Thanks, Dianne~

  2. Thanks for your interest Dianne. At this point all my sales have been local. Once I get the studio set up and running, I’ll start posting pieces for sale online. Until then, if you see a piece you’re interested in, let me know and I’ll see if I still have it.

    1. Not sure about the “MOM Mug” description. I’d have to see it to tell you more. Did you see a picture of it on my Flickr catalog? If so, send me the link. If not, send me a picture or link and I’ll tell you what I can. I hope you’re enjoying the mug.

  3. Your pieces are fantastic. Would love to know the prices of your items. Let me know if you have a list with prices. Thank you and please keep up the great work!

  4. Hi there, thanks for stopping by at Pete’s Pots. I’ve been browsing your site – I really like both the blog and the pottery you are making. It’s always particularly interesting to see work from the States – you guys have a freedom and imagination in your work which is sometimes (but not always) missing over here. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts and pots.

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