Pottery Traditions:
Reems Creek Pottery, Weaverville

Reems Creek potter working pot
Reems Creek potter photographed by William Barnhill, 1917; William Barnhill Collection, Southern Appalachian Archives, Mars Hill College.
According to archeological evidence and historic records, there were once five thriving potteries in the Weaverville area. The best known and longest producing was Reems Creek Pottery. Run by two brothers–George (1870-1956) and David (1866-1951) Donkel–the pottery operated from the late 1890s through the 1940s. The Donkels produced pottery for home use, including large stoneware crocks. These were generally an ovoid shape and finished with small lug handles. Traveling photographer William Barnhill photographed the potters in 1917, giving today's researchers a glimpse into the production methods of the historic pottery.