462 Highway 70, Pregram, TN, 37143
Attractions and Activities
Mud Puddle Pottery Studio
462 Highway 70, Pregram Tn, 37143
Book a date, bring some wine and let us do the rest! You'll have a great time!
Throwing a birthday party? Want a girls night out without the bar? Sip and Paint parties are the place for you! Accompanied by artist Lisa Gardiner, you can learn how to paint like the pro's! There are three locations West Nashville, Bellevue, and Pegram.
Have you ever wanted to create your own perfect pendant for an outfit? By visiting Mud Puddle Pottery Studio you can sign up for and enjoy a jewelry making class!
The Best Art Gallery in Middle Tennessee
Mud Puddle Pottery Studio is hosted at the illustrious Harpeth Art Center and Gallery , home to works by dozens of Middle Tennessee’s most celebrated artists. Presentations from these artists are hosted year-round on a rotating basis in their gallery, and they are one of the only galleries in the region that feature primarily local artists. Take a look at a few of the amazing local artists they highlight each and every day:
- Ben Caldwell, master coppersmith specializing in utensils
- Lisa Jennings, fine arts and mixed media artist
- Gloria Newton, a wonderful acrylics and abstract painter
- Rita Maggart, one of the resident artists, a photographer and painter who was recently featured at “ Arts at the Airport ”
- Greg Pace, a potter whose ash glazes, stoneware, and crystal porcelain pieces always turn heads
- Scott Hodes, the best blown glass artist in Middle Tennessee
- Donna Rizzo, a clay artist whose rustic raku works are currently being shown in multiple galleries due to their quality and appeal
- Twisted Sisters, a local metal sculpture duo famous for their commissioned commercial work such as wall sculptures, sconces, and lighting fixtures
- Marilyn Wilkinson, stoneware and raku artist who excels at the pottery wheel
- Neva Fiemara, an incredibly unique individual and sgraffito artist whose intricate natural designs make her stand out
- John Coburn, one of the original potters of Opryland , whose pottery is special because of the uncommon “tie-dye” techniques he uses during the glazing process
- Linda McLaughlin, a jewelry artist specializing in handmade silver chains link by link as well as jewelry out of cold-fusion glass
- Catherine McMurray, a stoneware potter known for her gorgeous teapots that are truly works of art
- Wes Jordan, a pottery wheel artist who carves unique faces of humans and animals on the pots and jugs that he spins
- Lynn Looney, a broadly talented veteran painter of over 50 years who creates masterpieces in every genre from landscape to abstract
- Larry Richardson, master of realism with oil paints
- Karla Deal, a copper artist specializing in patina manipulation in order to create gorgeous and functional pieces of art such as clocks, frames, vases, and more
- Regina Davidson, figurative and portrait artist who paints captivating scenes of subjects in motion
These are just a few of the artists they feature at the Harpeth Art Center and Gallery, and there are so many more. Their work is available to purchase or to simply enjoy during your visit. They hope that you will take advantage of this unique and beautiful collection of locally curated, Middle Tennessee art.
For more information about the Harpeth Art Center and Gallery or any of the wonderful local artists they feature, give them a call today at (615) 646-6644 or visit their website at mudpuddlepottery.com .
Learn Coppersmithing at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio
Mud Puddle Pottery Studio prides itself on being able to offer the greater Nashville area some of the most unique and creative art classes in the world. That is why we are so pleased to be able to host Ben Caldwell’s coppersmithing workshops this fall. During these two day-long intensives, you will learn the ins and outs of basic coppersmithing and go home with a piece or two to call your own. Ben Caldwell loves to share his knowledge of this beautiful craft.
Ben is an extraordinarily talented painter and metal sculptor who was classically trained at the Studio School of New York , Harvard University , and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts . He has learned under the tutelage of true masters of the arts and now has a passion to bring what he has learned to others. Ben is a true Nashvillian and a man of many talents, and has made drum sets and custom guitars during his time here as well.
Ben’s coppersmithing traditionally revolves around pieces for the home. He makes beautiful cutlery, utensils, cookware, bowls and plates, and more, with gorgeous riveted handles and little details that make his pieces absolutely stunning. He creates images of classic fall leaves like ginkgos and aspens, weaving them together in a beautiful tapestry of finely shaped metals. Ben also makes use of naturally shed deer antlers in much of his work, resulting in some very unique and unforgettable pieces.
Ben will be teaching two workshops this fall at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio at the Harpeth Art Center and Gallery : September 19, 2015, and November 14, 2015. Both workshops will run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the cost per person of $185 covers all materials and instruction—everything you will need for the entirety of the class. All students will walk away with at least one piece of their own and potentially two, depending on size.
You will learn to shape and detail copper just like Ben, and benefit from his years of expertise in the coppersmithing field. Mud Puddle Pottery Studio has had many people take Ben’s workshops multiple times, and still others come from as far away as Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Minnesota—just to take Ben’s class. It is a true privilege and honor to have him here in Nashville. They hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn a little-known craft and expand your artistic horizons beyond your wildest imagination!
Registration can be completed on the Mud Puddle Pottery Studio website at mudpuddlepottery.com by clicking on the “Calendar Registration” button. More information about Ben Caldwell, his art, his history, and more can be found on his website at benandlaelcopper.com .
The Perfect Date Night at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio
In Music City , there is no shortage of things to do with your significant other on a Friday night. From concerts to honky tonks to fine dining, the possibilities are literally endless. But what if you want to do something totally different, completely unique, and unlike anything else Nashville has to offer?
Mud Puddle Pottery Studio, at the Harpeth Art Center and Gallery , regularly offers a unique Friday night “Pottery Wheel Date Night” at least once a month for sweethearts who want to get out of the house and do something creative and fun that will bring them closer together. During these events, couples are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine and a camera so they can relax while having fun creating custom, individual clay pieces.
For the price of $50 per person, each person will be able to create up to three different pieces, and all steps of processing are included—from materials to kiln firing to glazing. We also have instructors available for those who have never used a pottery wheel before or those who need a refresher course in the basics.
So if you are looking for a surprise date night, a way to celebrate a special anniversary, or just a new way to say, “I love you,” look no further than Pottery Wheel Date Nights at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio.
Our next event will be held Friday, August 14, 2015, from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. Reservations can be made online at www.mudpuddlepottery.com by clicking on the online reservation calendar. We typically book only eight individuals for these events, and they do fill up, so make your reservation today!
Private pottery wheel events are also available for corporate businesses, bridal parties, and other groups. If you are interested in booking a private pottery wheel event for your group, call the studio at (615) 646-6644 and ask to speak to Sharon.
Class of the Month
This month we are proud to feature the master multimedia artist Lisa Jennings, who will be teaching a weekend-long intensive August 14-16, 2015. This class will highlight mixed media art and acrylics. It is appropriate for artists of all levels, from beginner to expert. You can even bring pieces in progress for Lisa’s advice and guidance!
Lisa has been creating art for over 20 years, and her work is featured in prestigious galleries such as L. Ross and Bennett Galleries, as well as in the private collection of former Vice President Al Gore and the permanent collection at the Tennessee State Museum . We are honored to host her workshop this weekend and hope that aspiring artists will take advantage of and become inspired by this incredible opportunity!
The class will be conducted Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. The cost of $250 includes all supplies. To register for this weekend intensive, go to wmudpuddlepottery.com , or visit Lisa’s website at lisajenningsart.com for more information about her and her work.
Watercolor Classes for All Levels at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio
One of the classes we are most excited to offer at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio at the Harpeth Art Center and Gallery, is our all-levels watercolor class with master painter Carol Curtis ! Carol is a multi-talented artist skilled in a variety of different mediums—painting, drawing, needlepoint, textiles, and more. She is well-accomplished and has had her work featured in galleries, shops and events all over the country. She has even made art for a U.S. president! After living for many years in California, she has now relocated back to her home state of Tennessee and is gracing us with her presence at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio. This summer, Carol will be teaching a six-week long series of watercolor classes that will instruct students at all skill levels and improve their technique and style. Carol is not only extremely knowledgeable in her fields, but also a fantastic teacher. Her students show unbelievable improvement in just short periods of time, thanks to her dedicated and effective instruction. As an artist, she is in very high demand all around the country, and we could not be more proud to host her classes this summer at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio at the Harpeth Art Center and Gallery.
The watercolor classes with Carol Curtis will be held weekly on Tuesdays, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for six weeks at a time. The class will cover every detail of watercolor painting, from supplies and technique to finished product. Sizes are intimate, so hands-on instruction from Carol is guaranteed and available for every student that needs guidance. Of course, no one is required to stay for the entire length of the class each week, so it is flexible for students, busy parents, and others.
This is an opportunity that no aspiring watercolor painter should miss! The chance to study under such a talented and accomplished painter is truly once-in-a-lifetime. If you are interested in taking our six-week watercolor class with Carol Curtis, call the studio today at (615) 646-6644 or view the class calendar here . More information about Carol and all of her amazing work can be found on her website at carolcurtisart.com.
Big Opportunity for Tennessee Artists
Calling all local artists in Davidson County, Williamson County, and beyond! Nashville Oktoberfest has an amazing opportunity for Tennessee Craft artists to have their work featured and available for sale. Please contact Sharon Ingram, owner of Mud Puddle Pottery Studio at the Harpeth Art Center and Gallery. She will be working with artists and craftsman to secure a booth space in the Tennessee Craft Organization area of the festival. The Nashville Oktoberfest will be held October 9-11, 2015 in Nashville’s historic Germantown district, covering several major streets. The festival has grown each year since it began in 1980, and this year is expected draw upwards of 100,000 people.
Admission to the Nashville Oktoberfest is free and open to the public and will include music stages, local flavors, craft beer, arts and crafts vendors and special events. This year’s festival will feature a large area dedicated to Tennessee Craft, in honor of a remarkable 50 years. Tennessee Craft is a statewide organization that seeks to encourage and champion the best of our local artists in all types of fields—sculpture, painting, furniture making, glass blowing, leather works, photography and more.
You can contact Sharon Ingram at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio and the Harpeth Art Center and Gallery at (615) 646-6644 or email her directly at email@example.com for details and information about this wonderful opportunity for arts and craft vendors. A registration link has been set up at NashOkt.com/CraftVendor .
Master Abstract Expression, Anton Weiss: 5-Day Intensive Workshop will take place at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio and The Harpeth Art Center and Gallery on July 13-17, 2015. The deadline is approaching quickly, so register today! Visit www.mudpuddlepottery.com and click on “Anton Weiss Painting” for more details and information. Registration may be completed through the online calendar on the Mud Puddle Pottery website. Anton’s workshop is for the Intermediate to Advanced painter, with concentration on abstract style and working in water-based media. This is a very special opportunity that should not be missed. We hope to see you there! You may also call the studio at (615) 646-6644 for additional questions.
Tennessee Craft’s 50th Celebration Continues
Tennessee Craft in association with Nashville’s Oktoberfest presents:
the Tennessee Crafts Village
October 9-11, 2015
Come join Nashville’s longest running street festival for this 3 day Oktoberfest celebration in historic Germantown neighborhood.
A complete street has been dedicated to TN Craft and her many artists for this festival in honor of a remarkable 50 years of showcasing all things artistic.
Limited space available, first come, first served. A special secured link for registration is available at nashokt.com/craftvendor
- 3 Days
- 100,000 people
- Discounted price for TN Craft members
- Easy accessibility
- 36th Year
- Extended footprint of the grounds
- Extended hours of operation
- Safe and Secure
- Entertainment, food & Beverage
- Location * Location* Location
TN Craft contact:
Sharon Ingram – Owner Mud Puddle Pottery
Oktoberfest Vendor Coordinator
Summer Art Classes at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio!
Summer is a great time to try new things and get out of your comfort zone, and at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio at The Harpeth Art Center & Gallery, we are blessed to have some of the most talented artists in the country teaching summer art classes here. Take a look at some of these AMAZING artists and strongly consider sitting under them for a class or two—you will not regret it!
Sculpture with Carolyn Boutwell
Carolyn Boutwell has studied for many years under some of most recognized world-renown sculptors, including Philippe Faraut. She teaches these sculpting techniques at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio on Tuesdays this summer. Classes can be bought as a six-week package or individually by class. Information about Carolyn’s class can be found here: mudpuddlepottery.com/Sculpture_Classes_in_Nashvi.html .
Water Color with Carol Curtis
Carol Curtis is one of the South’s premier watercolor artists and has had her art over the years featured in many prominent locations and events, including the White House Christmas card. Her work is displayed in galleries in Tennessee and California, and she loves teaching workshops showing others how to express themselves through painting, too. Carol teaches classes at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio on Tuesdays, and more information about her can be found on her website at carolcurtisart.com/information .
Mixed Media and Acrylics with Lisa Jennings
Lisa Jennings is a mixed media artist whose paintings and sculptures are represented in some of the most prestigious galleries in Tennessee including L. Ross Gallery in Memphis. Lisa works with hand-pigmented papers and water-based media to create incredible paintings with staggering dimension. Her classes will be held at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio on Fridays this summer and are available on an individual class-by-class basis. Lisa is also offering two workshops this summer. More information can be found about Lisa’s classes and workshops at mudpuddlepottery.com/Lisa_Jennings_Arts.html .
Abstract Art with Anton Weiss
This summer, master abstract expressionist, Anton Weiss, will be teaching a weeklong workshop in July, with concentration on abstract painting with acrylics and water-based media. He comes from a family of artists and his work is featured in museums around the country. Information about Anton’s classes at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio can be found at mudpuddlepottery.com/ANTON_WEISS_PAINTING.html .
Art classes are offered in many places, but it is not every day you get the opportunity to study under such talented and renowned artists as the ones we are proud to feature at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio. If you do anything for your creative self this summer, take one of these classes! To register, or for more information about any of our classes at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio at The Harpeth Art Center & Gallery, please give us a call at (615) 646-6644 or visit our website at mudpuddlepottery.com .
"WINE AND WHISKERS"
BENEFITING THE CHEATHAM COUNTY ANIMAL AWARENESS FOUNDATION
The Cheatham County Animal Awareness Foundation is a nonprofit organization offering spay/neuter assistance and animal educational programs. They are dedicated to finding responsible homes for adoptable animals being held at Cheatham County Animal Control.
Tickets include wine, hors d'oeuvres and desserts! An incredible evening of great entertainment that you won't want to miss, and a silent auction with great items and services that were still adding. You can watch the Auction Donation page.We're so proud to feature the music of Grammy nominated guitarist and producer, Denny Jiosa, and The Music City Medium, Cindy Kaza, on her 2015 tour. Cindy is gifted with the ability of connecting with our loved ones in spirit. At Mud Puddle Pottery Studio~Harpeth Art Center & Gallery Less than 20 minutes west of downtown Nashville at 462 Highway 70 in Pegram, Tennessee. Don't miss this incredible and intimate event! Seats are limited: www.WineandWhiskers.com
BEN CALDWELL COPPER SMITHING WORKSHOPS
Saturday 10am-4pm May 16th, 2015
"Ladles, Spoons and Serving Pieces"
$185 includes all materials and use of tools *add $15 for antler handles
**REGISTER THROUGH ONLINE CALENDAR ** Copper, tools and materials will be supplied in workshop.
In this workshop, Ben will instruct the students how to create their choice of a ladle, spoon, leaf server or serving piece from start to finish. Beginning with hammering and shaping, texturing leaf shapes, applying handles, riveting, buffing and polishing. Ben Caldwell was featured as one of "Oprah's Fa'vorite Things 2013" in "O" The Oprah Magazine December 2013 issue. Ben Caldwell's ladles, spoons, serving pieces, bowls and trays, as well as his enameled copper sculptures are available for purchase in the gallery at the Harpeth Art Center & Gallery and Mud Puddle Pottery Studio. Ben is highly recognized and prized for his copper ladles and serving pieces, and will share his expertise in this rare offering of techniques.Ben Caldwell received his BFA from SMFA Boston and Tufts University in 1991. He also studied painting with Carlos Cajori at the Studio School of New York. Ben refined his skills as a craftsman during his 10 years building musical instruments. In 1999, Ben began training as a coppersmith and silversmith under nationally known metal artist Terry Tally.
REGISTER FOR CLASS THROUGH ONLINE CALENDAR OR CALL 615-646-6644
Hand Building Techniques Pottery Classes
Tuesdays: 6pm-9pm8 week class series 3 hour classes $175 *Register through online calendar
Instruction of a series of different hand building projects and techniques for 6 weeks, followed by glazing instruction and application week 7 and 8 of each class series.
Hand building in clay is working off the wheel. Most commonly we instruct projects with sheets of clay (slab), that we run through equipment called a slab roller. Students complete a project(s) each week with the use of patterns, forms, textures and step-by-step instruction. Hand building is great fun and gives you the opportunity to create very interesting and unique items that have lots of personality. You can get very artistic and imaginative with your work. Hand building is for those that want to learn quickly and see the results every class, so there is instant gratification.
- In addition to class fees, new students will need to purchase some basic tools needed under $20. Clay: 25 lb. bag average $16. (There is no sales tax on classes, tax only on supplies).
Some of our Hand Building class series have included: "working outside the box" "using the unusual" "hump forms, cutting designs, textures""The perfect fitted lid" "making a galleries for lids" "Making your own hump and slump forms, textures and stamps""Techniques for glazing your work" "Learn to use and create patterns""Studies of professional ceramic artist's works and styles""Use of slips and oxides" "Wax resist glazing techniques" "Surface Decoration"
Studio Membership $115 monthly
Enrolled students can purchase hourly studio time Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-9:00 pm during class sessions: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10:00-5:00 pm
Pottery Wheel Class Series
8 week class series$175 includes firing and studio glazes ~ 3 hour classes ~ Fabulous Studio!Nashville Pottery Classes (Bellevue and West Nashville area)
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCING WHEEL
Tuesdays Beginning May 5th, 2015
Mornings 10am-1pm or
Students will learn a new project each week for the first 6 weeks of the class series, building skills, advancing their knowledge and abilities. Exceptional classes that will engage the student and challenge them to move forward toward their goals. The students get to participate in choosing the demonstrated techniques on the first week of each class series. Glazing application and techniques on week 7 and 8 of the class series.
*****BEGINNER POTTERY WHEEL
Thursdays: Mornings: 10am-1pm beginning May 21st, 2015 or Evenings: 6pm-9pm beginning June 4th, 2015
Beginning students will learn the basics of throwing clay, centering, opening, pulling and shaping. They will be offered some project challenges and techniques to keep it interesting and fun! We begin each class with demonstrations and throwing techniques each week, and offer hands on assistance throughout the class. We begin each session with the basics of throwing bowls, then trimming and tooling, and follow with cylinder shapes. At the end of each session we instruct glazing applications. Progressing students, continuing in to their second class series, will review the basic and be introduced to addition techniques and projects to advance their throwing skills. As their skills grow, they can continue on to Intermediate and Advancing classes, where the projects become more challenging and the students are offered a different wheel technique each week of class, covering a series of projects each session. The last 2 weeks of each session will be glazing.
You will enjoy taking classes in our lovely, state of the art studio. Don't put it off any longer...time to get started! Clay is our specialty, and you'll have a great class experience! New students will purchase materials to get started: pottery tool kit is $17.95, along with a 25 lb bag of moist clay $16. We suggest that students bring an old towel to class, a few zip lock storage bags for clay scraps, and a small box for tool storage such as a cigar box, pencil box or tupperware.
When beginning the first session on the pottery wheel, you will make pieces such as bowls, small cylinder vases and mug shapes. As you continue with classes you will progress into more difficult and challenging forms. The wheel is relaxing, peaceful and lots of fun. It takes more time and patience, but is worth the rewards as you develop your wheel throwing skills.
Studio Membership $115 per month
Use of studio during business hours Enrolled students can purchase studio time by the hour: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am-9:00pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am-5:00 pm
Tennessee Craft, formerly TACA Midstate Chapter, Holiday Art Show Coming again...November 2015!
Want a different way to support your local community? Come shop local from regional artists, offering fine arts and crafts, handmade one-of-a-kind gifts made here in middle Tennessee. Enjoy the festivities with us.
The event is hosted by Mud Puddle Pottery Studio and The Harpeth Art Center and Gallery at 462 Highway 70 in Pegram. Located less than 20 minutes of downtown Nashville, and near Bellevue.