Big Dog Pots Pottery is the creation of potter, Lori Langford. Lori's creations are the result of a passion for creating handmade pottery.
Lori's journey into clay began after experiencing the sudden loss of her mother and best friend. This loss was indeed life changing and sent Lori into a new direction in life. Pottery became a wonderful and creative outlet which allowed her to contribute to organizations and charities in the local community, to give back through creative expression, and to celebrate life.
Big Dog Pots Pottery and Potter Lori Langford specialize in handmade functional pottery pieces. Lori's pieces are perfect for everyday use or for special days. Lori creates one of a kind wedding gifts, personalized dog bowls, and a variety of personalized gifts. Items are available for viewing and purchase in the Gift Gallery located in our Studio in Marshall, Virginia, as well as online in ourEsty Shop.
In the Gift Shop at Big Dog Pots you'll find cyrstalline pottery, horse hair Raku and other arts, created by local and regional artists, in addition to Lori's unique creations.
Big Dog Pots Pottery offers classes for all ages, workshops, events, parties, field trips, scout badges, walk-in pottery painting, and MORE.
Big Dog Pots Pottery is committed to donating a portion of its proceeds to local charities. Many of our local benefactors are animal rescue groups located within Fauquier County, Virginia.
Animals have always been a source of love, companionship and refuge for Lori and her family. They are blessed to have found a way to honor their animals, past and present, and bring everyday joy to people lives.
A Note From the Artist/Potter, Lori Langford -
I grew up spending many of my childhood summers in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia. There I was immersed in nature and connected to animals. As an adult, I have long had animals share my life. There is a deep affection, trust and acceptance that can be found in animals who know they are in the presence of a friend. Today, I make my home in rural Fauquier County, Virginia, not too far from where I spent my childhood summers.
My husband, Hugh, has been a source of tremendous support in my life, including my life as a potter. Not only did he build our home, but when pottery became more than just a hobby for me, he also built my studio in 2008. In early 2012, as I began to outgrow the studio, he built a second structure on our property now used also for my pottery. When, as a family, we decided to take pottery to the next level, Hugh took on the major renovations to our new Studio home. We purchased a house which was built in 1890 on East Main Street and proceeded to take it apart and put it back together again. Hugh dove in during the coldest winter on record and brought the house to new life, all without heat or hot water, and all while keeping his day job! It was an arduous task, and we are thrilled with the results of his talented efforts. Once more, during the late winter of 2016-2017, Hugh took off 10 days from his "real job," LOST 12 pounds and built 3,000 square feet of additional studio space. Our major expansion is now complete and we offer seating for 50, expanded events, class, a new private party room, a new glass room and the addition of Stained Glass classes. When not working on building projects, Hugh can be found spending time with our two adult children, on the tennis court, or in his other life in the corporate world. Hugh and I met at Guilford College and have been together since the early 1980's. It has been a wonderful surprise to all of us that I have found a passion for pottery at this time in my life.
“The greatness of a nation, and its moral progress, can be judged by the way its animals are treated” -Ghandi-
In Memory of our Stanley
Stanley was the original "Big Dog." Stanley joined our family in 1986. He was with us until he was just shy of 17 years of age. He was our love and our joy. He was our first baby. Stanley was known as "Scootie" and "Mr. Personality!" He loved to "talk" to us, loved Doritos, LOVED to swim in the ocean and ride the waves to shore. He cherished his walks and was never far from our side. He was a dedicated protector, a loyal, loving and pure soul. We miss him still and always will......
In Memory of our Ginger
Our lovely Ginger was lost to us in late November 2008. She was a friend to all, stranger to none, and our loyal and loving companion. We wish her peaceful journeys...
In Memory of our Billy
Billy had many nicknames including "Boo Boo" because he was easily scared by just about EVERYTHING. He was a sweet soul, with VERY soft ears. He had a rough start in his little life. By the time we rescued him, he had already suffered in abusive situations. Billy's life had a good ending. He knew love, he knew kindness, he felt safe and protected, and was part of our family. When he left us in the Summer of 2010, we knew that Ginger, his best buddy, was waiting to help him take that last walk home...
Ginger and Billy were both rescues from the Middleburg Humane Foundation, a no-kill shelter, located in Marshall, Virginia, and serving the Virginia Piedmont. We are thankful to Middleburg Humane for bringing these wonderful souls into our lives.