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Lockbridge Pottery
Pottery In A Big Way



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Lockbridge Road in Summers County winds for several miles through rolling farmland, past houses and grassy meadows, before arriving at an old, two-room schoolhouse.

The school sits well back from the road on tidy grounds. Clusters of flowers bloom around the broad front porch, and the school's canine mascot naps on the stone walkway. In the large field that stretches off to one side, you might expect to see a set of swings and a metal slide, but at this school, potter Jeff Diehl and his family have created their own sort of playground.

In his more than 20-year career as a full-time potter, Diehl has developed both a thriving studio and a lifestyle as beautiful, unique, and functional as his pottery. In 1980, Diehl and his wife, Donna, established Lockbridge Pottery by turning the abandoned country schoolhouse into a ceramic studio and home. Neighbors who had attended the school as children helped the Diehls remodel the beloved building.

"We have great neighbors," Diehl said. "They all went to school here. They have been invested in the care of the property and interested in our lives since we moved in."

Lockbridge Pottery

Lockbridge Pottery Person Interviewed: Jeff Diehl
Title: Master Potter
Location: Summers County, West Virginia
Website: www.lockbridgepottery.com/default.asp


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