A quick stroll around Kennett Square, Pa. might lead you by chance to the retail space and studio of Charles Metzger Pottery. Ever the friendly host, Charley will greet you with a smile and engage happily in conversation about his work, what’s happening on First Friday, the weather, or whatever happens to bring you into the shop that day.
You would not guess by looking at his beautifully crafted work lining the shelves, but pottery is Charley’s second career. He has a BA in Fine Arts from Haverford College, and an MFA from the University of Delaware. He started doing pottery about 25 years ago, first as simply a fun change from his photography, and then increasingly seriously, until he says, “He discovered that he was a professional potter.” Charley also says that “his real craft education was at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in the early 90's.”
Charles Metzger Pottery has been open in Kennett Square for three and a half years. He is normally open Wednesday through Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm. During the holiday season, his hours will to be extended to Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
Prices for his work range from $15 to $145, with most pieces in the $25 to $65 range.
Should you be interested in learning the craft of making clay, he offers classes focused on throwing on the potter's wheel using stoneware clay. The classes are limited to 4 students at a time, which makes them very intimate, providing opportunity for lots of individual attention. The cost is $275 (plus tax) for an 8 week session, 2 and a half hours, once a week. The class cost includes clay, glazing and firing. Classes are on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the day and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at night. Day classes are either 9:15am to 11:45, 12:15pm to 2:45, or 3:30pm to 6. Evening classes are 6:30pm to 9. The classes are ongoing, so a student can start any time they wish, as long as there is a slot open for them.
Charles Metzger Pottery is located at 107 South Union St., Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348 (610) 444-3500