Take a Tour
Tours of the Hadley Pottery Factory are offered Monday through Thursday at 2:00pm. It is best to call ahead, particularly in the Summer, as the heat from the kilns sometimes limits tours in very warm weather. During the tour at our historic location, you will see the process from raw clay to the final product for use in your home.
Clay is transported inside the factory, where impurities are naturally removed with water. Clay is compressed and converted into “cakes” which are large thick square slabs.
Some Hadley Table Items, including plates are formed with the use of a large press which cuts through the cake to produce flattened curved shapes. Rounded items such as bowls and cups are either jiggered or cast on a potter’s wheel. Other items such as pitchers and figurines require unique molds.
Items are then air-dried, at which time they are called “green-ware.”
Artists hand paint Mary Alice Hadley designs on each piece before a white glaze is applied. Products are then carefully loaded in the kiln. The heating process takes 24 hours. An additional 24 hours is required for cooling.
Can't make it to Louisville? View a 3-minute video segment on how Hadley Pottery is made, as shown on "Made in Kentuckiana" on WHAS11 TV.