Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Kristal Gilkey of Alley Cat Pottery Demonstrates Pottery on the Wheel at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 23, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
859/ 985-5448, ext. 230

Kristal Gilkey, of Alley Cat Pottery near Berea, will demonstrate how she creates her functional pottery on the wheel on Saturday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Gilkey makes a line of functional kitchen wares such as apple bakers, batter bowls, egg separators and cream-and-sugar sets. She fires her work in an electric kiln and uses smooth dishwasher-safe and oven-proof glazes. The smooth stoneware clay that she uses allows clarity of color in her glazes. Gilkey’s pie dishes and apple bakers are very useful for baking, and the choice of glaze colors available make them perfect for presentation at the table as well.


Photos: Newly made pottery by Kristal Gilkey of Alley Cat Pottery during a demonstration at the center; Gilkey at the potter's wheel; a finished apple baker alongside freshly thrown ones


A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Gilkey received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000. Her pottery business began with an order from Cracker Barrel restaurants. When an offer for a space in downtown Richmond came, she set up her studio in the basement of the old J.C. Penney building. She recently moved her studio to her new home outside Berea, where she operates Alley Cat Pottery, now in its 13th year.

Alley Cat Pottery items are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The center features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. A gallery exhibit, “Turn, Turn, Turn: Lathe-Turned Works by Kentucky Artisans,” is on display through Sept. 12; and on display in the lobby, “Kentucky Murals by Frank W. Long” through July 4.  For more information visit our Facebook page at , go to the center’s website at, or call 859-985-5448.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.