Local Artist Lends Talents to Benefit Alleghany Historical MuseumPosted by admin on November 19th, 2012Local Potter, Jessie Simpson, owner of Pottery By Jes, is partnering with the Alleghany Historical Museum for a great, new fundraising project. The Museum is now selling vintage style 16-ouncem mugs, specially designed and handcrafted by Jessie in her studio at New Hope, North Carolina. The mugs- perfect for warm, mountain-morning, beverages- were commissioned by Alleghany Historical – Genealogical Society for the purpose of raising funds for upkeep and maintenance of the Museum.
Jessie, already an accomplished artist and photographer, studied with Rob Mangum at his studio, Mangum Pottery, in Turkey Knob before venturing out on her own, last year. Jessie and new husband Jacob Irwin, an architect, are exceptional young people and embody the best of Blue Ridge, having decided to build their careers, here in the mountains.
The mugs feature a rich dark brown, chocolaty glaze over a lighter base that evokes a feeling of traditional crockery. AHGS is proud of Jessie’s final product and couldn’t be more pleased to be working with this gifted artist.
Mugs are available, now, through the Sparta Store, located just beside the Museum, across from the Alleghany Courthouse, or here, online.