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HISTORY OF THE MILL

Founded in 1867 on the Big Run River, halfway between Punxsutawney and DuBois, The Big Run Milling Company was a fixture in Western Pennsylvania for nearly 150 years.  In that time three generations of my family owned and operated the mill. Hard work and generosity were the two values that came through every story I was ever told about the mill and the generations that came before me. The mill is pictured above in 1896 as local farmers line up to purchase their weekly grain, flour, and feed.

The millstone is the most integral piece of equipment in a grist mill. Two large circular carved granite stones that when stacked and turned would grind grain into flour. Patterns were cut into the upper millstone which would allow grain to be dispersed while the stones turned. There is a simple beauty to the pattern of the millstone, a design born purely out of function. 

 

When I decided to open my own pottery studio, and creating my own pottery pieces for sale I decided to honor my families past hence the name and logo. I like to nod to the millstone when I think about the forms that I design and create. Just like the patterns cut into the millstone, I find that there is true beauty in designs where the form is guided by its function. I aim for my pieces to have multiple functions, and very rarely will make pieces that only can serve one specific use.