When friends told Justin Allman that he only seemed happy while he was taking his first pottery course, he knew he needed to switch things up. He sold his property management company and set out on a ceramic quest. He studied ceramics at Florida Gulf Coast University and then then went to work at the Bascom in Highlands. There he honed his throwing and carving skills and studied under luminaries in the field for a year-and-a-half before opening FireMoss Pottery. Justin’s style is a cross between Korean carving style and Appalachian forms.
FireMoss Pottery is located in Cashiers and offers two primary lines of work. One is a farmhouse style of functional dishware, and the other manifests as a series of hand-carved porcelain lanterns. The form of these lanterns is modeled on whisky jugs and the carvings depict semi-abstract scenes in nature such as leaves falling, dogwoods blooming, or ladybugs crawling. Justin believes that humans, like nature, struggle every day to survive through cycles of plenty and decline. His work strives to shows a correlation between functional use and an attachment to nature.
Hours: Wednesday-Monday 10 am-4 pm May-November, by Appointment in winter months