Blue Ridge Pottery
The origins of Blue Ridge pottery reach back to 1916-17 to the small town of Erwin, Tennessee. The town of Erwin was situated along the railroad lines of the Clinchfield, North Carolina, and Ohio Railroads. Erwin was a railroad stop that was close to a supply of kaolin clay and feldspar. Erwin was also close to coal for the kilns and larkspur for the ceramic glaze. Proximity to these key ceramic ingredients made the town of Erwin a prime area to introduce a pottery works. In the pursuit of industry and enterprise, the railroad lines collaborated with a seasoned pottery manufacturer from Ohio named E. J. Owens. Together they established a pottery factory distinguished as “Clinchfield Chinaware.”
Clinchfield Chinaware incorporated a variety of dinnerware shapes and usually depended on decals and gold trimming for their decor. Advertising items were also big business. Generally, Clinchfield designs were precise and formal. Without a doubt, no one could’ve foreseen the design changes yet to come.

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In 1920 the business was incorporated, and the pottery’s name was changed to “Southern Potteries Inc.” The reinvented pottery was issued a charter and made public, with stock totaling $500,000.
Only two years later, Southern Potteries Inc. was purchased by Charles W. Foreman, and the pottery came under his leadership. Foreman would later be credited with introducing the trademark hand painting technique that would make Southern Potteries famous