Rhody Gem: Find Your New Favorite Mug and More at DC Stoneware in Portsmouth

December 2023

What it is:

A woman-owned gallery and pottery studio.


Where to find it:

Just off East Main Road between Cory Farms Past & Presents and Cumberland Farms, look for a brown house with a red door. The blue DC Stoneware sign assures you’ve found it.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Lifelong Portsmouth resident Denise Wilkey found her calling after taking a high school pottery class. Hooked on ceramics, years later she transformed two historic buildings on her property into a gallery and studio space. “The gallery is an old Yankee workshop that still has many of the old tools and implements from generations ago,” Wilkey explains. “My studio used to be an old corn crib that was used as an art studio by my husband’s grandmother.” Her shop is filled floor to ceiling with ceramic works finished with her own unique glazes, as well as fused glass work, alcohol print paintings, and her sister-in-law’s handmade lampshades. Her most popular pieces are also her personal favorites: mugs. “It’s kind of cool that I connect with so many people every morning when they use one,” she says of the stoneware vessels. To accommodate the holidays, DC Stoneware is open most days until Christmas, 10am-4pm, but it’s best to call ahead to make sure the shop is open.



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