Lowell Webb

Lowell Webb

Lowell Webb

Lowell grew up in Fort Walton, Florida, where workable native clay was so readily available, he quite literally grew up playing with clay he dug by his house.  He was so inspired, at the age of 11, after watching a folk potter give a demo at a local shopping center, he went home and, and with his dad's help, constructed a crude potter's wheel from an old bicycle rim, some wood, brick, and whatever else they could find. That is what he taught himself to throw on. 

Lowell took his first formal pottery class at 21, after which he met Florida potter Charlie Brown, who really opened his eyes to the raku firing process. A few years later, Lowell attended Memphis Academy of Art and then transferred into the sculpture program at Memphis State.
In the 1980s-90s, Lowell ran Twinkleberry Pottery, where he collaboratively produced designed raku and stoneware pottery, and taught extensively at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, AL, as well as out of his studio in Silverhill, Al.. He has been potting out of the current studio since 2000.

Lowell works primarily in local native clay dug as close as 10 miles from the studio.  These local clay deposits in addition to the rich pottery tradition are what caused Lowell to move to Baldwin County in the first place. 

He is keenly interested in the indigenous pottery of the area and exploring local mounds along Mobile and Weeks Bays. He has been experimenting with various clay tempering and primitive firing methods and  he has been working for a while now on a body he calls his “artificial artifacts" These ‘artifacts’.  It is his intention that these pieces "provoke thought and distant memories of long lost cultures, as we envision the possibility of who might have made or used these weathered vessels and what hands they have passed through. These clay vessels leave us with the impression that they have a story to tell, even if it comes from within ourselves." 

In addition to these, he makes an assortment of folky, yet humorous, face jugs, wig stands, as well as pots with sculpted turtles, octopus, and whatever else strikes his mood. Most of this work is fired in the wood kiln. 

Lowell also makes cigar box guitars

The Webb Pottery studio came together around the year 2000, and is located just outside the town of Magnolia Springs, which is about half way between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida. Anne Webb and Lowell Webb share a studio, showroom, kilns, etc., but each produce their own styles of work.  Their work can be found locally at art markets,  galleries and shops, in their studio, as well as online (Etsy and soon, here, directly via the website).