From the time that I was a little girl and we went to Tannehill to watch her demonstrations, I have always been amazed and in awe of my Aunt Tena Payne’s exquisite pottery abilities.

She has taken a hobby that she picked up in High School and turned it into a world class brand of artisan dinnerware, Earthborn Pottery. Her dishes now serve the cuisine of 5-star restaurants, resorts, lodges, and country clubs across the country including Sensi at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Ozumo in San Francisco, Hot and Hot Fish Club here in Birmingham, Sushi Samba in New York, Chicago, Miami, and Las Vegas, and many others.

Earthborn Pottery is organic by nature and by design, standing out amidst the ‘round & white’ monopoly of tabletop merchandise. Each piece is created individually by hand, and so is completely unique.

All materials used in the pottery process are taken straight from the earth, rearranged, and subjected to the heat of the kilns to produce beautiful, one-of-a-kind totally functional pieces. The product has been tested for quality and safety. The clay is durable and the abrasive-resistant glazes are industrial dishwasher safe. This pottery can be used in the microwave and oven when pre-heated under hot tap water. The product is beautiful, original, and restaurant sturdy.

And now, thanks to Tena’s generosity, you can enter to win a three-piece set of her dinnerware, valued at $130!To enter this giveaway, go to the Earthborn Studios website and look around at the products. Come back here and tell me which piece is your favorite, and you’ll be entered! Be sure to leave an email address if I don’t already have a way to contact you.

However, there is another giveaway as well, specifically for local (Birmingham area) readers: Tena is also the co-owner of Cahaba Clay Works, which is a completely unique facility in Leeds aimed to allow people to learn how to create pottery, and to develop a sense of passion for pottery in the community.

They have once a week, six-week classes where they teach you how to use a potter’s wheel, firing, glazing, as well as many other intricate details of their craft. These are awesome classes for adults or teenagers alike.

They are giving away one six-week class, which includes all glazes, firing, instruction, and use of tools and equipment. This is a $175 value!! And you are sure to get some magnificent handmade pieces out of your lessons!

This would be a WONDERFUL elective for homeschool students (ages 12 and up). In fact, CCW is working towards setting up parent/child classes to cater to the homeschool community – be sure to ask Tena about these if you are interested.

To enter the CCW Class giveaway, just include in your comment for the pottery giveaway that you are local (or would be willing to travel to attend) and would like to be entered to win the Pottery Class giveaway.

These giveaways will be open until Monday, March 16th. The winners will be randomly selected and announced by 3pm on Tuesday, March 17th.

Click here to get to a listing of the rules, to find out other ways to get entries into this contest, and a list of all of the contests for my 1st Annual Giveaway Jubilee.

Thank you, Tena, for your extremely generous giveaways!

140 thoughts on “Giveaway Jubilee: Gorgeous Pottery AND Lessons!!!

  1. Rachel, Oh, how I loved the footed side bowl. Tena’s pieces are all beautiful. I remember meeting Tena when her daughter and my daughter were friends way back when. I’m so happy for her success in her pottery. Tena could do the most beautiful demonstration of pottery that I’ve even seen. Thanks for sharing her art.
    I would love to be entered in your contest.

  2. The studio platters are magnificent, especially when held by the Chef’s Hammock Stand – When not using for a special dish, I would use this every day as a fruit dish! Also, I couldn’t find the name of it, but the brick red goblet is stunning.

  3. Man, it was hard to choose a favorite because all the pieces are so beautiful! I think I’ll have to go with the pedastal bowl. I’ve been needing a display piece for my dining room table, and this would be perfect! I like either the red glaze or the peacock glaze.

    I remember going to their house back when her daughter and I were good friends and seeing all of her pottery that she was working on. I’ve been mesmerized by it ever since. So I would also love to win the pottery lessons!

  4. I have 1 piece of pottery that was a wedding present 30 years ago. I have treasured it and moved it many times. I would love to own some more beautiful pottery. My favorite at Earthborn Pottery is the Custom Made Goblet. It is so fabulous that even just to own 1 I would be thrilled (at least 2 would be better). I love the pieces you are offering for your giveaway and want to thank you for being so generous!

  5. You are very close to my home in Alabaster, AL.
    AWESOME!!!I LOVE your work but I’m unable to purchase anything other than necessities right now.It’s a big surprise that you offer pottery lessons, I have always wanted to learn.Last year I had noticed that Montevallo had a course but figured it was probably expensive and you would have to take other classes also.It’s nice to know that one day I can probably take your six week class. It seems to be affordable.
    Beautiful work :)

  6. I love square plates, square platters and more…. and the peridot, blue and vanilla colors on these plates are exquisite! Man, if I don’t win, I must have some anyway! So, thanks for the information!
    (And, BTW, I am local, so I’ll keep my clumsy fingers crossed for the lessons!)

  7. I LOVE the Chef’s Hammock with the iron stand!! And i’m a chef and all…I’m just sayin’… :) what a marvelous give away! and great talent!!

  8. Ooohh – I love all her stuff and told J.C. that eventually I want a full place setting as my “fine china”. But for now, if I were to have one piece, I would love the Chef’s Hammock Platter. It would make a great centerpiece to our dining table!

  9. I love the basic bowl (it’s very hard to choose).

    Wow, if I lived a little closer I would love the class. If they ever have plans for a weekend workshop I would love it.

  10. I love these: Sink (Left) : Pedestal Bowl (Right)Glaze: Lagoon : Opal Item: ESB: EPB8, gorgeous!
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  11. I like the bowls with feet and also the platter with the hammock stand. My eyes tend to pick up blues first, but I like most all of the colors.

  12. I love the bowls. I love pottery for everyday use, as well as collecting it. It says you can order online, but I can’t seem to find that feature on their site? Anyway, great pottery and thank you so much for the nice giveaway.

  13. I like the pedestal bowl but I would like it in blue to match my kitchen and dining room.

    Good luck to all the commenters but I hope I win. LOL


  14. I love the Dinner Plate: Freeform & Footless in River Rock. Just gorgeous! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  15. I like the Freeform Square Dinner plate in Peacock, beautiful work!

    Thanks for the giveaway! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

  16. Ohh I love looking at hand made pottery! When we went to Gatlinburg back in December, we visited a local pottery store and I was amazed. Beautiful pieces of art!! I really like the Pedestal Bowl with the Lagoon glaze. Just beautiful!! Definitely PLEASE enter me!! :)

  17. I like the Freeform Square & Footless plates. I would love to scatter those about the house with pretties set atop them.

  18. What wonderful pieces, I would blend this with my fiesta. really like the oval noodle bowl but ,of course, I’d need several pieces to make the statement.

  19. My fav is the Chef’s Hammock platter with the iron base. Thanks for the giveaway!
    kitnevie at gmail dot com

  20. I like the Chef’s Hammock: Round bottom. Unfortunately I am not quite local enough for the classes.

  21. When I saw this pottery, I immediately thought of my dad, who we lost a few years ago. He moved to NC for the last 15 years of his life and collected pottery just like this. It would be great to win, this is really beautiful stuff. The porridge bowls (any color) are my fave. I didn’t see coffee mugs. That is what my dad collected too. I had one and it broke. I’d love to replace it.

  22. My favorites are the platters. I’d get probably EP-4 or EP-5 (one of the oval ones) in the lagoon glaze. Of course I’d have to also get the beautiful stand to go with it!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  23. Wow, such beautiful pieces! It’s tough to choose a favorite, but I’ll go with the noodle bowl in sage green. These unique items would make fantastic gifts, so thanks for introducing me to Earthborn – and thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Wow – thank you for telling me about the site. Their stuff is beautiful. I really love the Chef’s Hammock: Round bottom – I think I’ll actually ask for it for our wedding registry!


  25. Oh my, everything there is gorgeous! I guess my fave piece is the Chef’s Hammock Opal glazed platter.

  26. I love the freeform footed bowl. The rust color is great and the look would be lovely in my kitchen. I am tempted to go find a price list.

  27. You are most welcome Rachel and the honest truth is that I adore all of your designs and creations, I genuinely do! I would love to try my hand at pottery – live way too far away to enter your Lessons Giveaway.

    Since I have to choose a favorite – well – I love all of your bowls, especially the Oval Noodle Bowl. But I would be thrilled and honored to have any of your lovely and unique creations!

  28. Hi
    I think it is really, really kind of you to have all these sweepstakes. I would really like to win this because my mom collects beautiful pottery like this and I know I said I was giving the jewlry to her if win, but this too is going to her if I win.
    My email is and if you need to reach me I would really appreciate if you emailed me there.
    Thanks AGAIN so much,
    Amber Walker

  29. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but I love the Porridge Bowls!! Stunning clay pieces. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway.

  30. I liked those Pedestal Bowls, especially the sage colour one but I’d love to have any of her creations gracing my Table. skyxsky27(at)

  31. I wasn’t able to visit the site — Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at
    I hope I can still enter to win the three-piece set of Earthborn Pottery dinnerware.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

  32. I’m new to your blog. I’m not sure how I discovered it, but I’m sure glad I did. I really like the Footless Porridge bowl. I just wish I lived close enough to view this stuff in person.



  33. I like the style of the pottery used at the Bellagio… I also like the bowls and also the large platters… well, I like everything… thanks for sharing

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