Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Charley Pritchard began his pottery making career in North Carolina. His interest in clay developed as a student at North Carolina State University where he became fascinated with the 200 year old pottery making tradition of the folk potteries of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Charley became the first apprentice of the internationally acclaimed, British born potter Mark Hewitt of Pittsboro, North Carolina. Following this two and a half year apprenticeship, he continued his training as a journeyman potter with the Owens family and with other well known pottery making families in Seagrove and in western North Carolina. Charley and his wife Holly established their clay studio and gallery in the historic icehouse in downtown Luling, Texas in the spring of 2000. Luling Icehouse Pottery offers clay and art classes for adults and children in the spring and fall.