Lookout Mountain Pottery
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The home of Lookout Mountain Pottery has been a local reference point for Southern Appalachian Arts and Crafts since 1947, when Fannie Mennen, a local printmaker, founded the Plum Nelly Clothesline Art Show. The name Plum Nelly is derived from contractions of the phrases: "Plum out of Tennessee" and "Nearly out of Georgia." Featuring local artists and craftspeople, the show is but an historical footnote now. Today, potter Mark Issenberg has returned to contribute to that former inspiration.
Mark Issenberg
Mark Issenberg creates fine ash-glazed stoneware near Plum Nelly where he first studied ceramics as a young man under the legendary potter, Charles Counts.

Later, Mark went on to receive a degree in Fine Arts and served the City of Hialeah, Florida for eighteen years as a fire fighter. Always maintaining a close relationship with fire, upon retirement Mark returned to the source of his greatest influence and inspiration. Today, Mark is an award-winning potter. His functional and decorative pieces are widely exhibited throughout the South and East.

Mark is a member of the newly formed Georgia Clay Council (GCC), whose mission is "dedicated to meeting the needs of clay artists and potters of Georgia by providing the opportunities and environment for cultural and educational growth." He is also a long term member of Potters Council and member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Mark Issenberg
Studio Location
From Chattanooga

·Take the I-24 W exit towards Nashville/Birmingham

·Take the I-59 S exit (exit number 167) on the left towards Birmingham

·Take the GA-136 exit (exit number 11) towards Trenton

·Turn left onto GA-136

·Follow GA-136 up the mountain

·Once you pass Cloudland Canyon State Park on the left, take immediate right onto Cherokee Trail

·At end of road, take a left onto Plum Nelly Road

·Studio is located on the right
Map to Lookout Mountain Pottery Studio

Lookout Mountain Pottery, constructed and completed in 1999, and adjacent to the original Plum Nelly Clothes Line Art Show, is now open to the public by appointment. For your personal tour of the pottery shop, grounds and for a breathtaking view of North Georgia from the bluffs above Rising Fawn, call or email for an appointment. Don't forget to wear your walking shoes and bring your camera.



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