Anne Franklin Lamar was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, where she first began working with clay. She spent her grad school summers teaching pottery at Sally Jones Pottery in Montreat, NC and returns often as potter in residence. Anne Franklin joined the The Kentuck Red Dog Potters, a cooperative studio housed on the Kentuck Art Center campus in Northport, AL, in 2014, and has continued her own practice of throwing, carving, and handling each piece with intention and care. Much of her current work is inspired by the rich quilting and textile traditions passed down from her mother and many generations of women in her family. By translating stitching and patterns familiar to the quilting world to clay, she continues the work of bringing beauty and meaning to the handmade items meant for daily use. She also draws inspiration from her work teaching interdisciplinary courses in literature and women’s studies at the University of Alabama Honors College, mixing words, affirmations, and even oral history transcripts into her carving and design. Anne Franklin strives to create functional and affordable pottery that will bring joy to everyday life.