At the age of 19, Robert Alewine began doing something that no one else around him was doing – making pots. His love for art began early, but it wasn’t until he made a pot in a college art class that he realized his true talent and passion. During the 1970s he studied with renowned artists Bob Munro, Charles Counts and Lewis Snyder. After his move to Gatlinburg, TN, in 1983, he began creating a name for himself, and over the years, his own work has developed into some of the most sought after pottery in the area.
With an emphasis on functional and colorful pottery, Robert Alewine brings something fresh and unique to the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Each piece is handcrafted with bright, rich colors and local leaf impressions. All stoneware at Alewine Pottery is dishwasher and microwave safe, and there is a style and color for every taste.
But Alewine Pottery is more than just pieces of art. A day in the shop is truly a family experience. Live music and fresh popped popcorn are just a couple of the sweet southern touches that make Alewine Pottery a must visit while in Gatlinburg. While Robert says that it hasn’t been easy and there have been a lot of sleepless nights, he also says that it has all been worth it. Today he continues to grow his business while teaching his family that, “…if you have a dream, work hard, and trust God…it can be done.”
This is a really wonderful place to spend a few hours on a beautiful mountain day. Visit alewinepottery.net for more information and photos of the gallery and the workshop.