Small Business Spotlight: Dirtworks Ceramics

The Fauquier Bank, locally owned and operated since 1902, has always had a focus on our community. As the holiday season gets into full gear, TFB wants to take the opportunity to feature a small business that is owned and operated by a Fauquier native. Dirtworks Ceramics, established in 2011, is a Bealeton-based pottery business that provides one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces that are not only stylish, but functional as well.

Meet the Owner: Ahnalisa Reavis

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Ahnalisa Reavis and her son, Oliver, getting some quality time on the potter’s wheel.

Ahnalisa Reavis has always had a fascination and appreciation for pottery. Since she was five, Ahnalisa has been exposed to the world of ceramics, particularly from her aunt, Ahna Iredale, owner of Rare Bird Pottery Studio in Homer, AK. It wasn’t until her sophomore year of college at Virginia Commonwealth University, however, that Ahnalisa knew pottery would be her life’s work. “That year, I just wanted to spend all my free time in the studio. I wanted to test my skills and create new pieces. I really wanted to learn all I could about pottery,” said Ahnalisa.

In 2011, Ahnalisa graduated with a degree in Craft and Material Studies – ready to take on the pottery world. She wasted no time in her pursuit and established Dirtworks Ceramics that very same year.

The Business

Since 2011, Dirtworks Ceramics has offered unique ceramic pieces for customers across the U.S. and internationally. What started as a side job, quickly grew into Ahnalisa’s main focus. After she and her husband, Matt, had their son, Oliver, in December 2015, Ahnalisa made Dirtworks Ceramics her full time career. She appreciates that her talent as a potter has allowed her the opportunity to not only work from her home studio, but be there for her son. When asked what she does in her free time, Ahnalisa said, “Pottery. Pottery is my free time. Whenever Oliver sleeps, I am in my studio.” In addition to managing her Etsy shop, Ahnalisa also teaches pottery classes at the Marshall Community Center. You can check Dirtworks Ceramics on Facebook for updates regarding Ahnalisa’s next teaching session.

Where to find Dirtworks Ceramics

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Nursery plaque by Dirtworks Ceramics. This can be customized with the baby’s name and birth date.

With the holidays upon us, you have probably been searching for that perfect, heartfelt gift to give to your loved one. Giving handmade is a surefire way to show you care. You can find Dirtworks Ceramics work in stores at Wanderlust Gifts on Davis St. in Culpeper, at Tin Top Art in Winchester, and Zig Zag Gallery in The Plains. If you’re looking to purchase online, pieces are available at the Dirtworks Ceramics Etsy page. Looking to have something custom made? Make your request through Etsy and Ahnalisa will create a piece just for you.

If you’re local, use Coupon Code “LOCALPICKUP” to avoid shipping charges, and Ahnalisa will contact you with the pickup location. Typically, allow for four weeks on any custom pieces, but contact Ahnalisa on Etsy for an exact timeline. With Small Business Saturday this Saturday, November 26th, now is the perfect time to check out Dirtworks Ceramics!

 The Fauquier Bank wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a joyous holiday season!

-TFB


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