Today I took the kids to visit the Louisville Stoneware Factory. We started out with paint you own pottery in which the kids had a blast. From there, we got to take a behind the scenes tour in the factory. Louisville Stoneware is truely a dust to dinner kind of factory. The clay is brought in as a 'pre' product of coal mining. It is then sifted and smoothed and "jiggered" into workable clay. They make their own molds, hand paint all their products, and fire everything there. The tour was really worth it. Our pieces that we did should be ready in a couple of days!
Louisville Stoneware begins as natural stoneware clay, which may be as old as 250 million years and which is excavated from deposits in western Indiana.