A.V. Smith was born Alvie L. Smith in Sanford, North Carolina. AV began turning pottery at the age of 15 and attended university to study turning techniques, glazes and firing. He worked at Pinehurst Pottery in 1978 making dinnerware, lamp bases, candle sticks and other items the pottery needed. Later he partnered with Charles Lisk in Pinehurst and Southern Pines, North Carolina to operate Clenny Creek Pottery until 1982 when Charles moved to Hickory. AV and Charles remain good friends by sharing their pottery knowledge and experiences.
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