Ann and Sandy Batton

Batton Clayworks

As husband and wife, the Batton's bring together an array of designs that come to life with originality and function. 

Carolina Coral is one of six popular glaze patterns.

Carolina Coral is one of six popular glaze patterns.

Sandy is from the tiny town of Port Gibson, Mississippi and I (Margaret Ann) grew up in the suburbs of FairFax, Virginia. Along the way and a few years after graduating college, we met in Asheville, North Carolina in the year 2000.  We started making pottery together in a tiny, unheated 10 x 10 tool shed. A wheel, an electric kiln, a table and shelves were squeezed into the space. We stored our clay and glazes in the kitchen, so they would not freeze. Firing was also a challenge because we could not run the kiln and stove simultaneously. It serves for a great feeling of nostalgia, thinking about that time in our lives. As our relationship and ideas blossomed, so did the business. By 2005 we were off and running. Now, with two children and a bigger studio, we continue to grow our collection.