Kentucky Tourism

Borian, Paul — Blanket Creek Pottery

Falmouth, KY


functional pottery, stoneware

Paul Borian completed a two-year apprenticeship at Parsley Pottery in Cincinnati, where he lived in an apartment above the workshop, which gave him 24 hour access to the studio. Paul was able to learn all aspects of studio production and eventually became production manager, playing a key part in the development of new product lines.


Paul moved to Falmouth, KY, in 2001 to start his own studio, Blanket Creek Pottery, using the basic cone 10 reduction glazes he had been using at Parsley Pottery. Paul built his studio and constructed a 70 cubic foot car kiln to fire his work.


Paul’s glazes are often now made from locally gathered materials such as wood ash and locally dug clay which he uses as the basis for his blue “slip glaze” making his pottery even more unique to Kentucky. Paul states, “My pottery is hand made in the fullest sense because the entire production and nearly all the equipment was built by me.” 


Paul’s pottery is dishwasher and oven safe. It should NOT however be placed directly on a stove top burner or flame and it is NOT intended for microwave use. When baking - place his pottery in a cold oven before lighting, as subjecting pottery to extreme temperature changes is detrimental to the work. Paul is a member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program.


Works by Paul Borian can be found at Artique, Lexington; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; Museum of the American Quilters Society, Paducah, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.