By artists, for artists.
Mid-South Ceramic Supply is the only full-service ceramics supply company based in a working artists’ education center, The Clay Lady’s Campus.
We bring our passion for clay arts to every product, service, and customer interaction.
Commitment to Education
We’re artists helping artists create.
As artists and passionate makers, we gladly share our expertise and information about the pottery and ceramics supplies and products we carry.
In fact, most of the experts on our sales and service team are also experienced teachers and working artists on The Clay Lady’s Campus.
We take pride in offering fast, accurate service to each and every customer.
Our passionate team of experts is dedicated to helping you find the best products and supplies to meet your needs.
A Nashville-born business
Mid-South Ceramic Supply Company began as a 2,000 square foot warehouse on the north side of Nashville, opened in 1986 by owner Tom Turnbull. The business quickly became known within the local art community and schools as the place for friendly service and reliable, high-quality products. Tom later expanded its offerings with a few classes and workshops. That reputation for service, quality, and education is still the backbone of our business today.
Manufacturer of award-winning Opulence Glaze
Within just a few years, a local university asked Tom to develop a line of commercial dipping glazes for their fine arts program, and Opulence Glaze was born. Production began in 1989 with 12 glazes; today we develop, test, and manufacture with the highest of quality control more than 75 Opulence Glaze colors and finishes on site.
Woman-owned, Artist-operated clay resource.
Fast forward 16 years; in 2007, pottery teacher Danielle McDaniel (The Clay Lady) and longtime Mid-South employee Tami Archer purchased the growing ceramics supply business. Combining Tami’s two decades in the industry with Danielle’s twenty years of teaching clay in schools across the region, Mid-South Ceramics quickly became a leading supplier of quality ceramics products in the United States.
What is The Clay Lady’s Campus?
As co-owners of Mid-South Ceramic Supply Company, Danielle and Tami have dramatically expanded the company’s physical space to establish The Clay Lady’s Campus, a one-of-a-kind artist community where makers of all skill levels can create, connect, and learn.
Visitors from across the country come to The Clay Lady’s Campus for classes, workshops, seminars, events, gallery shopping, and of course, supplies from Mid-South Ceramics!
Meet the Team
CO-OWNER AND MID-SOUTH CERAMICS MANAGER
Starting as an employee in 1988, Tami became co-owner of Mid-South Ceramics in 2007. Tami administrates the supply portion of the business. Tami enjoys woodworking and the outdoors.
CO-OWNER, THE CLAY LADY AND STUDIO INSTRUCTOR
Better known as “The Clay Lady”, Danielle became co-owner of Mid-South Ceramics, merging her teaching and product line in 2007. Danielle administrates the educational component of the business. When not teaching, she likes to sculpt, write and mentor new artists. She teaches Wednesday pottery classes.
CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER
Starting in 2004, Denise worked for The Clay Lady and is now Mid-South Ceramic’s Retail Manager. Denise is the first person you see when you walk into our showroom and she loves taking care of our customers. She enjoys karaoke, feeding people and concerts!
PRODUCTION MANAGER, POTTERY INSTRUCTOR
Kerby has a BA in Ceramics from The University of North Georgia. He runs a tight ship in the Warehouse, and keeps Mid-South stocked with glaze. He makes a mean mug, and if you don’t agree he’ll give you a “mean mug.”
OPERATIONS MANAGER, RESEARCH, AND DEVELOPMENT, POTTERY INSTRUCTOR
Joseph completed his BFA in Ceramics at Appalachian Center for Crafts. Joseph has developed our last several lines of Opulence Glaze and The Clay Lady’s Products. When he is not busy in the lab, he is teaching our Friday pottery classes.
Celeste joined our team with an impressive resume in Clay and Chemistry! A biology graduate with a minor in studio arts focusing on ceramics from the University of Mississippi, she brings not only a vast reach of knowledge, but a love of clay and community! We look forward to Celeste joining in our R&D in the lab!
WAREHOUSE MANAGER & POTTERY INSTRUCTOR
Alexie keeps our warehouse ‘Ready, Set, GO!’ for orders and production! He studied ceramics at Wichita State in Kansas and is enjoying his own studio space in Studio B where he can develop his craft. He also loves high fives and cartwheels. Alexie teaches our Monday night pottery class.
STUDIO MANAGER, GLASS AND POTTERY INSTRUCTOR
Anne-Marie takes care of The Clay Lady’s Studio, loading kilns and maintaining glazes for over 250 weekly students. She is a potter, jeweler, fabric & glass artist and she is the keeper of the kitties in our Warehouse.
Melissa makes us look good- literally. She keeps our campus guest ready and looking great! She loves making with stained and fused glass, being outdoors and building relationships on Campus.
Cassis (Cuh-s-ees) Pitman
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT AND SCULPTURE INSTRUCTOR
Cassis, pronounced (Cuh-s-ees), has her BFA in Ceramics with a background in ceramic production. She is exploring new art expressions with light sculptures. She is rarely seen on Campus without her dogs.
WAREHOUSE FULFILLMENT, "THE BAG MAN"
Yarl is a potter, creator, and hard-working member of our team! We love having him in the warehouse making our glazes shelf ready, shipping on time, and production accurate!
If you know about the events and news around the campus, Jennifer is the reason why! Jennifer is learning more and more about clay everyday and finds joy in taking photos of the students and the team and sharing them with our community. She is a dog mom and loves to travel!
Petri (Pee-Tree) Pitman
WAREHOUSE CUSTOMER LIASON
Petri is an enthusiastic five-year old pup who provides boundless joy to our campus. Whether he is greeting customers or overseeing warehouse operations with his mom, Cassis, he will make your visit a truly pawsome experience!
Edgar P. Kaolin & Col. Silica Sanders
QUALITY CONTROL, NIGHT SECURITY
By day, Edgar, pictured on the left, and Silica, pictured on the right, can be found in the warehouse inspecting all incoming and outbound shipments. By night, they take their jobs very seriously as our campus security guards.
Alexie Smith & Kerby Wilkes
Alexie and/or Kerby travel to you to keep your kiln in great condition. They are both trained in kiln repair by Skutt Kilns. Call us to schedule a repair today!
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