Good Dirt Clay Studio

Located in Athens, Georgia, Good Dirt is a community clay studio with year-round pottery classes for adults and children and a gallery with a fine selection of work by professional artists.  If you have ever been interested in how pottery and ceramics are made, we hope you'll drop in and see us.  Our focus on community = something for everyone!

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Yep. We’re doing it again.

We’ll have 16 consecutive days of hunting for free pottery around Athens from 16 talented, local artists.

So, how do you play? Read on for rules & info.

And, happy hunting!

16 artists have hidden “golden tickets” for a free piece of their pottery around athens…the game is {officially} afoot.

Step 1

Make sure that you’re following BOTH @gooddirt_athens and the artist to get all the clues. (Links to everyone’s accounts are below!)


Step 2

16 artists have hidden “Golden Tickets” (redeemable for one of the pieces you’ll see below) at their favorite places around Athens. We’ll have a new hunt every day starting November 26th and ending December 11th. We’ll be dropping clues throughout the day starting at noon, with new clues revealed every 2 hours until the ticket is found. The clues will start out pretty tough and broad and get more specific as the day goes on. Be sure to check the artists’ pages and our page for updates. We’ll keep releasing clues until the “Golden Ticket” has been found for that piece. This is what you’re looking for:

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Step 3

If you’re the clever monkey who finds the “Golden Ticket”, just post on your IG account, tagging us (@gooddirt_athens) and the artist (you can find their info below), so that we know it’s found and we can call off the hunt for the day. Then, just come to our sale on December 14th and swap your ticket for the the pottery you won! Easy peasy. Questions? Totally confused cause I’m bad at writing directions? Just contact us and we’ll clear it up for you.

And, just as a general reminder to everyone playing: all tickets will be hidden outside. Some of these may be hidden at local businesses- but outside of the business. Employees do NOT know anything about the game, so no need to ask them for hints. Please be respectful of their customers, their hours, their property, etc. We’d like to do this again!

And now, the artists and the daily prizes…

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May 7th: Nicole White

Remember to follow BOTH Good Dirt AND H&L Ceramics on Instagram for clues to win.

When you find the Golden Ticket, remember to post a pic on Instagram and tag us so we can call off the hunt!

Good luck, hunters!

Nicole’s bio:  When I started taking pottery classes I had no idea just how much it would change my life. Like most folks at Good Dirt, I started in a Try Clay class one evening and immediately signed up for a beginner class. Coming from a science background, ceramics feels very much like home, endless opportunities for exploration and experimentation, via form, shape, texture, and glaze. I think that is much of what continues to draw me in. There is almost never a moment when I'm not thinking about new ways to play with clay, itching to get on the wheel, pick up a bottle of slip, or a new carving tool and see what emerges.   I am forever grateful to Rob, Jess, Amanda, and the good folks of Good Dirt who have supported me through studio assistantships and allowed me to move into the position of studio manager. I would not have had the courage to purchase my own wheel and kilns to start my own studio.  Find more of Nicole’s work at:  https://www.instagram.com/h.and.l.ceramics/

Nicole’s bio:

When I started taking pottery classes I had no idea just how much it would change my life. Like most folks at Good Dirt, I started in a Try Clay class one evening and immediately signed up for a beginner class. Coming from a science background, ceramics feels very much like home, endless opportunities for exploration and experimentation, via form, shape, texture, and glaze. I think that is much of what continues to draw me in. There is almost never a moment when I'm not thinking about new ways to play with clay, itching to get on the wheel, pick up a bottle of slip, or a new carving tool and see what emerges.

I am forever grateful to Rob, Jess, Amanda, and the good folks of Good Dirt who have supported me through studio assistantships and allowed me to move into the position of studio manager. I would not have had the courage to purchase my own wheel and kilns to start my own studio.

Find more of Nicole’s work at: https://www.instagram.com/h.and.l.ceramics/

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May 8th: Frank Jackson

Remember to follow BOTH Good Dirt AND Frank Jackson Ceramics on Instagram for clues to win.

When you find the Golden Ticket, remember to post a pic on Instagram and tag us so we can call off the hunt!

Good luck, hunters!

Frank’s bio:  My current focus is handbuilding tripod mugs. It takes about two hours to make one, so it's very labor-intensive, but I learn something every time I make one, and I enjoy the process. I'm not sure how long my interest in this form will last but I still have a lot of ideas I'd like to try, so I can't see changing course any time soon. I like the idea of doing something over and over until you feel like you really know this one thing very well.  Find more of Frank’s work:  https://www.instagram.com/frankjacksonceramics/

Frank’s bio:

My current focus is handbuilding tripod mugs. It takes about two hours to make one, so it's very labor-intensive, but I learn something every time I make one, and I enjoy the process. I'm not sure how long my interest in this form will last but I still have a lot of ideas I'd like to try, so I can't see changing course any time soon. I like the idea of doing something over and over until you feel like you really know this one thing very well.

Find more of Frank’s work: https://www.instagram.com/frankjacksonceramics/

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May 9th: Amanda Proctor

Remember to follow BOTH Good Dirt AND Amanda Proctor Ceramics on Instagram for clues to win. And…good luck!

When you find the Golden Ticket, remember to post a pic on Instagram and tag us so we can call off the hunt!

Good luck, hunters!

Amanda’s bio:  Amanda Proctor has been working with clay since her high school ceramics class in 2006. She quickly fell in love with the tactile nature of the medium and learned the basics from her teacher Cathy Amos. After graduating in 2009, Amanda continued to study fine arts at the University of Georgia where she received a BFA with a ceramics emphasis in 2013. Studying under artists Ted Saupe and Sunkoo Yuh allowed Amanda to learn how versatile clay can be as an artform. She was able to make traditional, functional pottery forms while also using clay to build large, organic sculptures. Today, Amanda teaches handbuilding and wheel-throwing pottery classes both at Good Dirt Clay Studio in Athens and at Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville, GA. She sells her pottery at artists markets, pottery sales, online and still creates her abstract sculptures from her studio in Athens. You can find Amanda’s work online at “ amandaproctor.com ” or on Facebook “@aproctorceramics” and on Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/aproctorceramics/

Amanda’s bio:

Amanda Proctor has been working with clay since her high school ceramics class in 2006. She quickly fell in love with the tactile nature of the medium and learned the basics from her teacher Cathy Amos. After graduating in 2009, Amanda continued to study fine arts at the University of Georgia where she received a BFA with a ceramics emphasis in 2013. Studying under artists Ted Saupe and Sunkoo Yuh allowed Amanda to learn how versatile clay can be as an artform. She was able to make traditional, functional pottery forms while also using clay to build large, organic sculptures. Today, Amanda teaches handbuilding and wheel-throwing pottery classes both at Good Dirt Clay Studio in Athens and at Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville, GA. She sells her pottery at artists markets, pottery sales, online and still creates her abstract sculptures from her studio in Athens. You can find Amanda’s work online at “amandaproctor.com” or on Facebook “@aproctorceramics” and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/aproctorceramics/


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May 10th: Jessica Sutherland

Remember to follow Good Dirt on Instagram for clues to win. And…good luck!

When you find the Golden Ticket, remember to post a pic on Instagram and tag us so we can call off the hunt!

Good luck, hunters!

Jessica’s bio:  Jessica took a Try Clay class and caught the pottery bug. Or, her inner control-freak perfectionist got slapped in the face. And, she wanted more. (I guess that’s something to bring up to my therapist). Teaching at Good Dirt has been an honor and a privilege - being allowed and trusted to be a part of someone’s artistic journey feels like her highest calling (and she promises she doesn’t talk in third person in class). She creates and teaches with Rob any chance she gets. She’s smitten. Still. She, Rob and their immortal poodle, Timothy (who is 24. 24!) live on the East Side. (You know, that place in Athens you can’t get anyone to drive to). Her pieces truly embrace the idea of slow craft, intentionally building layers and taking time with each and every piece. She feels that if someone ever honors her by bringing a piece she created into their lives, it should be imbued with care and love, time and attention. Each piece takes several hours to decorate and is a true labor of love, one that she hopes can be felt by the user. She draws without sketching, from life, hoping to capture the immediacy and spontaneity and (to be woo-woo) energy in her linework, and breathe life into each piece. She feels that pottery is a way to invite art, and beauty, in some small way, into the everyday. And, now, she is finished talking in third person, because it’s weird…

Jessica’s bio:

Jessica took a Try Clay class and caught the pottery bug. Or, her inner control-freak perfectionist got slapped in the face. And, she wanted more. (I guess that’s something to bring up to my therapist). Teaching at Good Dirt has been an honor and a privilege - being allowed and trusted to be a part of someone’s artistic journey feels like her highest calling (and she promises she doesn’t talk in third person in class). She creates and teaches with Rob any chance she gets. She’s smitten. Still. She, Rob and their immortal poodle, Timothy (who is 24. 24!) live on the East Side. (You know, that place in Athens you can’t get anyone to drive to). Her pieces truly embrace the idea of slow craft, intentionally building layers and taking time with each and every piece. She feels that if someone ever honors her by bringing a piece she created into their lives, it should be imbued with care and love, time and attention. Each piece takes several hours to decorate and is a true labor of love, one that she hopes can be felt by the user. She draws without sketching, from life, hoping to capture the immediacy and spontaneity and (to be woo-woo) energy in her linework, and breathe life into each piece. She feels that pottery is a way to invite art, and beauty, in some small way, into the everyday. And, now, she is finished talking in third person, because it’s weird…