For nearly two centuries, Louisville Stoneware has been a part of the culture and history of the city. Since early on they have taken pride in sticking to the handmade craft of transforming clay into functional art forms. In this day and age where everything seems to be made by a machine, Louisville Stoneware continues to make works of art that are functional and can be used and enjoyed for many generations to come.
When my son was born I received a few pieces for him as gifts…a bowl, plate and mug with his name on them and a little star. They are personalized, special and of good quality and we use them pretty much every day. I had good intentions of ordering a set for my daughter too and now that she is almost two I finally did it. My friend, Lisa Mullins Masters, actually runs the company so I contacted her and ordered a set. It turned out so cute, beyond my expectations (pics below!). If you are looking for a special gift for a baby or child in your life, this is it. It’s such a wonderful keepsake and something they can actually use too!
So, I think Lisa is pretty amazing for owning this special company and wanted to spotlight her for our Feature Friday. I know many of us admire a woman owned business and so I asked her to share with us how she got started in it and to tell us a little about her story and this is what she had to say:
I became the steward of Louisville Stoneware about 4 1/2 yrs ago. I had been In medical sales for years and was looking for a creative change and wanted to remain in sales and also have ownership of my daily work. I met my business partner Steve, who was ready to purchase the nearly 200 yr old pottery company and was looking for someone to partner with and run the company.
A meeting at Starbucks, 2 hot teas and 2 hrs later I was resigning from my career in medical sales and launching on a new career path. Little did I know it would be one of the best changes in my career that I had made! Change is scary and uncertain but I felt in my heart the risk was worth taking. Starting all over again with a fresh perspective allowed me to be a better leader and helped steer the company down a road to success.
Louisville Stoneware operates entirely out of one location at 731 Brent St., in Louisville, KY. We take clay that millions of years old and transform it into enduring, functional art forms. We work with basic elements of earth, water, air and fire. Skilled artisans create timelessly beautiful dinnerware, bakeware, serving pieces and collectibles that can be enjoyed and cherished for many generations.
Most generations collection starts at birth with our birth plates or 3 pc child sets as toddlers and they continue to collect for many years! We also have retirement, wedding and anniversary plates. All of our pottery can be peronalized, It’s a great way to commemorate a milestone event. And we never forget our pets. Both of my dogs have their own personalized pet bowls.
Our stoneware is lead free and non-toxic. In addition, all pieces are oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. Louisville Stoneware offers factory tours, paint your own pottery, and has a large retail showroom. You can also shop online at www.louisvillestoneware.com.