Crafted: It’s Good to be “Fickle”!

by Abegail Murphy | Photography by Adele Cabanillas

Fickle Pottery is a small-town pottery studio based in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Every single piece is hand-crafted to provide customers with a diverse selection of one-of-a-kind products. Pieces from Fickle Pottery are crafted with love and light in every work of art, drawing inspiration from a blend of friends, family and nature, and polished with a minimalist flair. Owner and potter Maegan Lea sat down with ONC’s Abegail Murphy to discuss her inspiration, line of work, and humble beginnings.

Abegail Murphy: How did you get your start in pottery? 

Maegan Lea: I fell upon pottery by chance. It’s actually not what I originally wanted to pursue at all. I went to school for graphic design. Finding a job locally was a challenge, so in the meantime my mom suggested taking a pottery class at Montgomery Community College. I did, and I ended up falling in love with the craft! Pottery felt like what I was made to do. I got a degree in Professional Clay in 2006 and started producing pottery professionally shortly after. 

I initially started in a 7 x 12 laundry room, and in every place I have lived the space has grown larger. Previously I was working out of my garage, but now I have a studio in Vass. I have a Spring open house coming up where I will be debuting the retail space and workshops. 

AM: Is there any meaning behind the name “Fickle Pottery”?

ML: I am often asked about the name, “Fickle Pottery.” Growing up my mama always told me I was too fickle. And I am. So – Fickle Pottery! It’s really the only name that would ever do, since I switch things up all the time.

AM: What makes Fickle Pottery unique? 

ML: I make everything myself. If I don’t make it, it’s not mine. I do it all in small batches and keep things simplistic. There’s so much that can be done with simplicity. Every piece is made in a calm, soothing process, but it’s all me. It takes me about two weeks to get a full load of products from start to finish. Even after I’ve sculpted the pieces, I put in a lot of work detailing to ensure they’re the best quality. 

AM: Do you have any specialties or best sellers? 

ML: Oh, mugs are definitely the best seller. I’ve made enough mugs to last a lifetime. I also make tableware, trays, home goods, cheese boards, and candle holders, among other pieces. I enjoy making a variety of items. My favorite thing to make, however, is jewelry. It’s fairly new for me and not yet in huge demand, but it’s so fun to make and assemble! 

AM: In your opinion, what’s the best part of the job? 

ML: To me, it’s having the flexibility to balance work life with home life. I get to spend a lot of time with my daughter. She’s with me a lot, able to join me for the small things along the way. Not only do I get to do something I love, but I get to spend quality time with my family, as well. 

In a world where everything is busy and ever more techy, it’s so important to remind ourselves of the simplicity in the everyday small things.

For more information or to get in contact with Maegan Lea, find Fickle Pottery online at www.FicklePottery.com