We began our stay in Bennington, Vermont, at the Potters Yard. Familiar with Bennington pottery, we thought this would be one of the original historic potteries from this area. We were wrong.
Although pottery is one of the oldest crafts known and Bennington pottery is one of the best known potteries, this once-booming industry took a steady nosedive and had all but died by 1948. We quickly learned that Bennington Pottery was not a company, rather it was the type of pottery created by several companies in this region. It was so named because the local clays give the pottery its unique color.
Potters Yard houses Bennington Potters, which was established by potter David Gil in 1948, and its retail outlet in two restored 1900s buildings. Mr. Gil moved his business to its present location in 1961. Located on 4 1/2 acres, the store for Bennington Potters sells more than just pottery. It also sells antique furniture, decorative items for your home, stoves, maple syrup, maple sugar candy and foods (jellies, canned apple pie fillings) made from locally grown apples.
A factory tour will show you how the pottery is made from start to finish. You'll learn how craftsman mix the clay, form and shape the pottery pieces, fire and glaze them.
Although it wasn't what we expected, our time spent at Potters Yard was a delightful experience.