Why Mark of the Potter is One of the Best Shops in North Georgia

North Georgia is plentiful with unique shops and boutiques. During your shopping excursion, we highly recommend taking a 15-minute journey down the road to Mark of the Potter. This historic shop resting right beside a babbling river offers visitors a unique experience. Not only will you have the opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind pottery, but you’ll see the potters in action and explore the beautiful land upon which the shop has stood for many years. This enchanting studio is open all year round and is looking forward to welcoming you through its doors.

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History of Mark of the Potter

Many years ago, the home that is now the pottery studio served the community as a gristmill. However, due to water damage from the river that flows below it, the mill was closed and abandoned. Later on, a Georgia couple decided to open a pottery as a retirement project. They fell in love with the lonely mill and bought the property. After some renovations and creating their upstairs apartment, Mark of the Potter officially opened in 1969. Today, it is the oldest craft shop in the same location in Georgia! It has provided the best functional stoneware by its own potters for over 46 years and plans to do so for many more.

What to Expect at Mark of the Potter

Gallery and Shopping

You will discover many stunning pieces of pottery throughout the gallery, most of which were crafted right in the shop. Other pieces are purchased from a select 25-30 artists in the southeastern region to support the local clay community. This is the perfect place to find a unique gift for your friends and family back home. Whether it be mugs, character jars, vases, or decorative stoneware, you’ll find it all in a variety of shapes and colors.


Four talented potters call Mark of the Potter home and display their artistic creations in the gallery. Each artist has their own signature that they leave on their pieces, so you’ll always know who crafted the ones you’re interested in.

Visiting Wildlife

Since the pottery’s location is abundant in beauty and resources, many native animals stop by for a visit! When you step outside, you may see critters such as deer, hawks, herons, turkeys, ducks, or bobcats. Bears are also frequent visitors and enjoy wading through the river’s shallow water for fish. Animal sightings make for great photo opportunities and an experience your family will love.

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