I absolutely love the Mark of the Potter. It's my favorite place to stop in North Georgia and this week I took a friend and her young son. The location is an old grist mill and the boy LOVED walking down the steps to the underneath of the building to see the waterfall, view of the creek and the trout...and to work up the courage to actually touch Aragon the giant (faux) spider who lives in the corner.
Upstairs is a collection of pottery from many different potters. The "mark" of the potter is the identifying mark left on each piece by the potter. They usually have pieces from my favorite pottery (outside Athens, GA) Happy Valley. On weekends, there is usually a potter at the wheel to demonstrate, but there wasn't mid-week. I always buy "a little something" there and for the past few trips it has been a VERY little something - cute little spoonrests that work great beside the coffeepot to hold the stirring spoon. Last time I bought a little hand that holds the spoon and this time it was a little heart. $3.50 each. I have my eye on some new dragonfly motif pieces. Next time.
Probably the favorite thing for ALL folks are the giant trout at the base of the mill. They have dispensers for fish food so bring your quarters and feed the giant trout. If you drop a lot of pellets at the same time there will be a huge flurry as the trout scurry for the feed. Sometimes they don't allow feeding in summer months or when the temperature is really hot, but it's perfect weather up here right now. Sunny days but the air is still cool.
The Mark of the Potter will be on the right if you are driving north on 197 from Clarkesville. If you continue on north, you'll be on one of the prettiest drives in North Georgia. If you saw the recent movie Wanderlust with Jennifer Aniston, the movie was filmed in the area. North of Batesville you'll be driving on the west side of Lake Burton. This was the first time I've driven that segment of 197 since last year's tornado and the damage still looks fresh in the Wildcat area. The fire station has been rebuilt, but so many trees are still down or gone forever. 197 will dead-end into 76 and you can continue either east or west - toward Clayton or Hiawassee. I think the combo of 197N and 76 east into Clayton is one of the prettiest drives in Georgia. It's absolutely gorgeous right now with the dogwoods blooming in the woods.
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