Mark of the Potter
Continuing Georgia traditions
What motivates your company?
Mark of the Potter is motivated by the opportunity to foster the continuation of a 200-year-old North Georgia Pottery tradition. Through our educational programs, mentorship opportunities and onsite manufacturing of stoneware we allow the public to experience and appreciate this Georgia tradition.
Tell us about your location.
We are located on Hwy 197 North better known as “Moonshine Hwy” on the banks of the Soque River in a 1930’s Grits Mill.
Tell us a bit about your customers.
Our clients have been coming to Mark of the Potter as a family tradition for generations. On 2019 we celebrated 50 years in business and really had the opportunity to hear from our local supporters as well as out of state visitors’ countless stories about their visits to Mark of the Potter.
Share the history of your company.
Mark of the Potter first opened in the Spring of 1969 by John and Glen LaRowe in the old Grandpa Watt’s Mill. Since then it has become a “must see” in the North Georgia Mountains. in 1985 Jay Bucek purchased the business that now it is managed by his stepson Chadwick Peck and wife Mayte Peck. The history of the Mill, dramatic river setting combined with our giant “pet trout” makes each visit a unique experience.
How are you involved with your customers and community?
Mark of the Potter support local potters and artist through purchasing their product, we give back to the community through donations, support the Sautee Nacochee Cultural center and chambers. This Christmas we will conduct our first-ever toy drive to benefit the kids in Habersham county.
Tell us about your employees.
Our team is like family supportive and knowledgeable. Their passion is to educate our guest about the history of the Mill and foster the love of all things clay.
Our longest employee has been there for 28 years!
What makes you excited to work here?
It is a beautiful peaceful setting engulf by never stopping the sound of the river and nature, we have spotted deer, bear, turtles, muskrats, bullfrogs and many snakes.
What do you like about your community and location?
Our local community is welcoming, loving and very supportive. Our location while rural never feels isolated because of the constant flow of visitors.
How do you embody Authentic Georgia?
We are Authentic Georgia, there is no other Mark of the Potter with the reputation and lasting legacy in the community. We support local artist by producing our own products that are then sold in our retail shop.
What makes Georgia so special and unique?
No one word can describe the uniqueness of Georgia.
People are friendly, kind and loving, the food, traditions, nature. I love being a Georgia Peach!