Elk Falls Pottery was established in 1976 when Steve and Jane Fry returned to Kansas after working for several years in Georgia with other potters, including D.X. Gordy, a 3rd generation master craftsman. Their work and love for pottery began several years earlier (1970-1974) at Hesston College under the instruction and inspiration of Paul Friesen. In 1974, Steve built his first kiln in Hutchinson, KS and set up a shop called Earthen Forms and Fibers where he and Jane planned to make pottery and weavings. The opportunity to go to Georgia changed that dream. Returning to their home state, the young couple settled in the small rural community of Elk Falls in southeast Kansas near a beautiful waterfall. Work began building a kiln and shop, digging and processing native KS clays, planting a garden, and starting a family. Their work with traditional pottery in Georgia gave the Frys an appreciation for the early American stoneware which has been an influence in their work to this day. Each piece is individually made on a potter’s wheel or by other hand methods, glazed, decorated and fired to 2300º. The business has grown, but remains a small family enterprise to provide the kind of “home-grown” lifestyle the Frys have come to love while maintaining a high quality and that human touch found only in things made by hand. In 1987, Jane incorporated her love for quilts by developing a line of porcelain pins and earrings using traditional quilt patterns as well as original and custom designs, which are sold under the name Elk Falls Piecemakers. Visitors are welcome to stop by the studio where they may catch Steve working at his nineteenth century treadle wheel, mixing KS clays, or making some of the thousands of custom mugs made each year for individuals, businesses, churches, organizations and festivals, including the official Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival mugs which the Frys have made since 1981. School tours and group demonstrations available.