Buzz Around The Square
Christmas Music Rocks The Square
This month, one of our best-loved bands, The Weaver Believer Band, visited Tennessee and played on the patio in front of the Pottery House Café & Grille. This award-winning, 7-member brother and sister string band is known around the country for fast-paced, toe-tapping Christian Country with a bluegrass twist. Their high energy performances and tight family harmony vocals has won the family band many awards; we were thrilled they came back to play their Christmas arrangements for us.
Santa Drew A Packed House For Annual Breakfast and Brunch
At Pottery House Café & Grille, that is. Each year we host Breakfast and Brunch with Santa and his friends at the café. We were blessed this year with absolutely beautiful weather. Both Breakfast and Brunch were completely sold out. It's not only a wonderful time for the children, the adults are able to recall memories from their childhood. After eating and getting their treat from Santa the children rush out to the craft tent to make those special keepsakes for the family tree. We had a fun filled day enjoyed by everyone - even Santa said he had
a great time.
Facebook Tells The Story
Recently, two wonderful stories were written on The Old Mill’s Facebook page. Teresa Cook Gaston told us, “This is my year of finishing unfinished projects. I bought this little quilt wall hanging years ago to quilt — and remind myself of one of my favorite places. I finally made it last month. Wish I were there!”. In the photo, Russell Gaston is holding up his wife’s, Teresa Cook Gaston’s, handiwork.
The second story comes from Tara Holdren: “Was cleaning out some old craft supplies & ran across these, cross-stitch patterns dated 1988.”
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It’s Christmastime in Pigeon River Pottery
Our artisan potters at the Pigeon River Pottery have never been busier making holiday-inspired pottery that is as beautiful as it is functional. Tommy Bullen, our lead potter, has created new designs this year, such as pottery angels in several sizes, bear ornaments (about 2 inches high) for your tree, and new winter bears with Santa and other seasonal hats. He’s making pine tree luminaries with a green glaze inside that will glow faintly.
Just in time for Christmas, Tommy Bullen has released 40 limited edition Santa’s Milk & Cookies mugs with coordinating small plate (sold separately). Each handcrafted mug is uniquely glazed and numbered. They are available while supplies last, so hurry on over to purchase the mug and coordinating plate.
This year, we’re offering a Bread Baker set, packaged with a bag of Old Mill White Bread Flour. Stop in this holiday season and take a look at our wide selection of beautiful handcrafted pottery, we will be happy to help you find just the right gift for that special someone, and shipping is available.
Jason’s Story: We asked artisan potter Jason Gore to tell us what his favorite pottery piece is to make and why: “My favorite would probably be our Steins. They are a really fun piece to throw because of all the little techniques that make them unique. They have a stepped foot around the bottom, can be bellied or skinny, and the 2-piece handle has dimple accents to mimic rivets. They're almost as much fun to make as they are to use!”
The Old Mill Goes Local
We have signed with a local farmer to grow corn for our stone-ground milled products. We’ll be grinding non-GMO corn for our cornmeal, grits, and grain mixes, so watch for more announcements in 2016.
The Old Forge Distillery is into the
For the person who enjoys a little merriment, we’re making gift baskets with our award-winning spirits, pottery, mixers and more at the Old Forge Distillery. Stop by and find the perfect gift for adults on your list.
New to the spirits line is Old Forge Bourbon, and it is fast becoming the favorite in East Tennessee. We recently partnered with the Knoxville Symphony to serve cocktails to guests at the “A Tennessee Christmas” gala at the Cherokee Country Club. We enjoyed showcasing our authentic history in Tennessee.