Back Creek Pottery is located in western Montana in the historic town of Philipsburg.  In September, 2014, we relocated from the mountains of North Carolina to Montana to be closer to our kids and grandkids. The mountains of North Carolina and Montana and the history surrounding both areas are the inspiration for my designs and glazes.  While most of my pots are functional in nature, I occasionally sway from the norm and make pottery mushrooms for the garden, pottery birdhouses, and my popular "biker birdhouses" which are birdhouses with exaggerated faces, do-rags, a few scars and an occasional missing tooth.  While many of the biker birdhouses never leave the house, they are made to be used outside for the birds to nest in, if they dare!  Each biker birdhouse is signed and numbered.  I only make a limited number each year.    


    In  late September, 2014, we opened our pottery shop at 147 W. Broadway Avenue in downtown Philipsburg, Montana.  Philipsburg is an historic, late 19th century mining town.  The buildings on Broadway and surrounding areas have been well preserved and painted to keep with the theme of what once was a thriving mining community.  Many buildings, including the one our shop is in, are on the National Register of Historic Places.  Strolling downtown has become popular with tourists and residents alike.  Shops, gem mines and restaurants dot the streets and give Philipsburg the reputation of being a great place to spend the day.  Philipsburg also boasts The Sweet Palace, one of the largest candy stores in the country.  Make sure you pick up a "Philipsburg Territory", a local publication, showing the many things to do in our area, gives you a history of the town and a map for a walking tour of the historic buildings.  Sunset Magazine recently voted Philipsburg the Best Municipal Makeover/Reinvented Town in the west.     


    At Back Creek Pottery, we focus on handmade pottery, however, our shop has handmade soaps from Mud 'n Suds located in Montana City, MT, local honey, homemade jams and jellies made right here in Philipsburg, along with handcrafted wood items.  Feel free to browse our photo gallery for our items and glaze colors.  We love to make custom items for your collection.  Currently, we are supplying custom mugs to several businesses in town and throughout Montana and Wyoming.  We also work with businesses on wholesale orders.  Please call or email me to place an order.  Our home phone number is 406-859-2121 and our shop number is 406-859-4747.


     If you are planning a visit to the Helena area, stop by the farmer's market on Saturday mornings and visit our son and daughter in law at Mud 'n Suds.  They make our soap and wooden items and have their own line of pottery.  Recently, we have introduced Judy's pottery to our shop.  She contributes mugs, garlic keepers, shot glasses and bowls along with her assistance in our studio in Philipsburg.

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Summer Hours

Open Daily

10:00am to 5:00pm


For after hour sales and deliveries,

call 406-859-2121.  We will be glad

to meet you there any time!


If you would like to shop at any other time, feel free to call us and we will meet you early or stay open later.

Traveling?  Ask us to ship your purchase to your home or destination.  We do not charge a shipping fee,

only the actual cost of shipping and a little extra for our supplies.

We also offer a wedding registry and will customize your pottery. 

Wholesale accounts are welcome.  Please contact us for details.