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Handcrafted Stone Wares

In the studio with craft maker Oliver Greene

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Set back from the road inside the historic Glen Rock Mill is Peter Pots Pottery, maker of the tried and true Seagull Blue and Mahogany Brown ceramic stoneware that has won many awards and graced many tables in southern Rhode Island. Founder Oliver Greene has been perfecting his craft since 1948. He worked side-by-side with his beloved wife Elizabeth, with whom he ran and owned the operation until her passing three years ago.

Oliver attended the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. There he studied Industrial Design and began handcrafting the pottery line that has – over time – become synonymous with our local culture. Since beginning Peter Pots back in 1948, he’s been in daily production ever since. He has occupied the mill for almost as long, moving into the space in 1954.

Oliver and Elizabeth settled on the mill simply because it was for sale at the time when they were looking. (Well, that and the fact that they instantly fell in love with it.) Both the structure and the grounds are very charming indeed. While the workshop is private, all are welcome to come and visit the showroom, which is open to the public seven days a week.

On display, customers will find a variety of stoneware ceramic products: plates, cups, serving trays and bowls, casserole dishes and coordinating coffee or tea sets. In addition to kitchenware, Peter Pots also produces household novelty items including beautiful flower vases, charming piggy banks and unique lamps.

Oliver has got credentials in droves. He’s received awards that are quite noteworthy, including one from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Good Design Show. He has also designed and produced pieces for several well-known companies, including the Gorham Silver Company. The two businesses co-designed a special line of pieces that incorporated both silver and stoneware.

Peter Pots recently added a third color to the mix – Spruce Greene. However, the green colored pieces require an extra step in glazing so prices are slightly higher and customers must also allow two weeks for all custom-ordered Spruce Greene items. Trust us, it’s worth the wait.