Nan Rothwell

I started working in clay when I was 19 years old and visiting friends in England. Potting proved an immediate and powerful addiction. Within six months of making my first pot, I enrolled in the Harrow Studio Pottery Course, a full-time intensive training course near London. While not in school, I worked in potteries in England and Ireland. After returning to the U.S. in 1972, I potted in a studio in Crozet, Virginia and taught pottery at Piedmont Community College, for the City of Charlottesville, and in private classes.  After Carter Smith and I married, we moved to Nelson County, Virginia, where we lived and worked from 1978 until 2016.  Carter and I have have two grown children – Alan and Rachel.  Since he retired from making cabinets, Carter helps me run my pottery business, doing office work, glaze mixing, and multiple other jobs as needed.

We now live in Charlottesville, Virginia, in a 1950’s house that Carter renovated.  I have a small studio in the basement and a separate kiln shed.  Except for one break from potting while our kids were small, I have made functional pottery all my adult life. For many years, most of my pots were salt glazed. Since we moved to Charlottesville, I work in cone ten reduction, which I fire in a small Bailey gas kiln.

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Fri 10–6
Sat 10–6
Sun 12–5
118 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 972–9500
C’ville Arts offers a tremendous range of crafts and art, including decorative & functional objects for your home & garden, wearable art such as jewelry and scarves, organic balms, photography, paintings, sculpture, and more. As a cooperative, we work together to operate the store, helping keep our art affordable. Visitors are able to meet and chat with the artists who are on duty each day. C’ville Arts has become a popular place to find unique gifts for all occasions and locally made mementos for visitors to our area.
The Gallery is honored to be a part of the Virginia Artisans Trail Network, specifically the Monticello Artisans Trail.  “Choose from the many creative excursions and activities available as you plan your trip to Virginia!  The Artisan Trail Network will help you navigate a unique adventure.  We invite you to explore the byways and back roads, visiting craft artisan studios, agri-artisan gardens & farms, wineries & breweries, galleries & craft related venues, local businesses & eclectic shops and historical & cultural points of interest.”  The Gallery was recently featured in a video produced for the Virginia Artisans Trail Network.