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Flatwoods Pottery

Whitt, William (Bill) — Flatwoods Pottery

Waco, KY


functional pottery

A native of Richmond, KY, William B. Whitt first worked with clay at Model High School in Richmond, KY under the tutelage of well known regional art teacher Judy Isaacs. He received a BFA in Ceramics from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, and from 1980-83 worked at Sunflower Clay Works in Berea, KY, under studio potter Joe Osolnik.


After a career as a US postal employee and then as an employee at Toyota Manufacturing, Bill returned to pottery making full time in 2001. He built his Flatwoods Pottery in a large barn adjacent his home near Waco, KY, adding a kiln pad and shed in 2003.


Bill fires with both electric and gas kilns, works with high-fire stoneware clays, and produces functional kitchen wares with smooth serviceable glazes. His work is all dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.


Bill has been the resident potter at Ft. Boonesboro State Park for five years and is a workshop leader in local and regional elementary schools. He is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen

Bill’s work can also be found at Kentucky Dam Village, Ft. Boonesboro State Park, at his own Flatwoods Pottery, near Waco, KY, and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.