Hess Pottery

Hess Pottery, located one mile north of Reeds Spring on Highway 413, is the workshop and sales gallery of potter Tom Hess and basket maker Lory Brown. Using a Mongolian yurt as a model and the Ozark Mountains as an inspiration, Tom and Lory built a unique twelve-sided, open-air structure with the help of Bill Coperthwaite and many of their friends. The yurt, with its natural surroundings, offers a peaceful atmosphere in which you may enjoy Tom and Lory's handcrafted wares.

Tom's pottery pie plates are made from carefully prepared natural red clay. Each pie plate is thrown and burnished on a potter's wheel and fired in a kiln, making it non-porous and safe for use in the oven, dishwasher, and microwave. The unglazed surface produces an evenly-browned bottom crust that releases easily from the plate.

Lory's pine needle baskets are made with eighteen inch Southern Yellow Pine needles and ten inch Ponderosa Pine needles. Slowly the baskets take shape as each coil of pine needles is stitched with raffia palm leaf to the preceding coil using closely spaced stitches. The finished baskets are sturdy and durable and retain their wonderful pine scent.