Lockman Pottery   SALT Fired 
Call Me at (704) 922-7160

      Salt tends to reveal clay at its rawest and often finest.



LOCKMAN POTTERY- Dallas, North Carolina                                                                                

Barry Lockman makes a variety of pots which are fired with # 2 diesel oil and wood using salt to glaze and seal the pots. Locally dug clay and minerals are used for making and decorating.    

                                 Lockman Pottery – Salt fired      


     In my youth ,  I roamed the woods and fields, occasionally wading in a creek taking delight in squeezing clays I found on the banks.

     Later, I was haunting museums in Europe, and being awed by the majestic beauty of the German, Austrian, Swiss and Italian Alps. The feelings evoked by those European experiences followed me as I worked in clay at Gaston College near my home in Dallas, North Carolina where I built a kiln and set-up my burgeoning pottery.  My fascination with local clays continues to this day; I dig my clay on a hillside above the creek where I played as a boy.

    Clay, slips and glazes are composed mostly of local materials found in Gaston and Lincoln counties. 

     After the clay has dried, a hammermill beats the clods to  finer particles. The hammered clay and some kaolin is added to enough water  in a modified cement mixer to produce a “souplike  blend” that I pour through  a 20-mesh house screen onto dewatering trays.  In three to six weeks, drying thickens the blend into a workable clay which I pug and store in airtight refrigerators. 

       I used a traditional kick wheel  the first 12 years and now a motorized wheel. While throwing pots I often brush on colored slips. The next day I apply handles or spouts, sign BL and stamp each pot.  At the blackhard stage of drying I glaze all pots.  One favorite glaze is composed of the granite tailings remaining from my drilled well; another includes N C red clay.   After completing 200 to 300 pots, I load my 74 cubic foot sprung arch kiln fueled with #2 oil and wood..  I once - fire to cone 12, about 2400 degrees fahrenheit. Salt thrown into the kiln reacts with silica in the clay or slips to produce a glaze.


    Nature creates beauty all around us fresh each day and I aspire to capture some of life’s beauty and freshness in my pots.

    Salt tends to reveal clay at its rawest and often finest. 

Barry Lockman

206 Old NC 277 Loop  

Dallas, N C 28034


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Imagine:  Weathered from stone to clay in a few hundred million years.