2018 Stoneware Pottery,
Bathroom Sinks, and
Handmade Ornaments


Rebecca Plummer and Jon Ellenbogen have operated the Barking Spider Pottery for over 42 years. Their passive solar home and studio is built above the Toe River in the North Carolina mountains. They have twin thirty-one-year-old sons, Alexander and Christopher.

Rebecca was born in 1951 in West Chester, PA. She holds a bachelor's degreee in philosophy and has taken classes at West Chester State, Alfred University, and Penland School of Crafts. Together with Jon she has exhibited in numerous local and national shows.

Jon was born in 1941 in Brooklyn, NY. He was trained as an engineer at The Cooper Union and holds a PhD from Columbia University. After working on the anti-ballistic missile project at Bell Laboratories and teaching engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, he took a ceramics class at Penland School of Crafts, where he met Rebecca. He's been a potter ever since.

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Just steps from the Penland campus, charming private cottage on the Historic Register suitable for one or two people in a queen bed. Available by the week, weekend, or session.
Full kitchen and bath, covered porch and stone patio
Very private yet only a two minute walk to the studios, dining room, and coffee house. Fully equipped for your comfortable stay including wi-fi and privacy.
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oval platter - rust glaze
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