About Us & Charities We Support

Vanessa ~ Potter


Pottery has been a passion of mine since I was a child growing up in Indiana. I began taking classes in elementary school and continued in high school, college, and and as adult.  My dream has always been to touch people's souls by my work, to give a sense of joy.  Teaching people a new art is a joy I am thankful for.  When we moved to  Raleigh, NC I found myself away from home to many hours at the art studio and I then asked my husband if I can open a pottery studio.  I had prior teaching experience as a teacher/naturalist and I knew pottery. Then Branded Vessels Pottery began.  The name comes from my initials backwards, my love for Jesus and the symbol of his being branded for our sins by dying on the cross.  Branding is also historically party of ranching and I'm a farm girl at heart.  The word Vessels came from pots, pottery, as we are vessels to be used for a purpose.   

My hope for you is as you take one of my classes, look at my pottery or buy one for a friend, family member or yourself that you will see a glimpse of God and discover for yourself a sense of His awesomeness. We are looking forward to you coming to visit us here at Branded Vessels Pottery!

Todd ~ Glazemaker


I am  a chemist, so the chemist part of me comes in handy, as I am the glazemaker. Making glazes is like following a recipe, just with different ingredients and measurements. As you look upon Vanessa's work I hope the glazes really draw you in and makes your soul sing.


We are passionate about giving back to the local community and world wide. Here are four of our favorite charities. Please pick your favorite charity when you purchase a piece of pottery from our Etsy site, purchase a class or gift certificate 10%   will be donated to them. There's much to see here so take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.

Partners International


Partners International, bringing hope and change to countries around the world through the love of Christ.  You can sponsor families/children, provide animals/training/trade opportunities, send medical assistance, send Bibles, etc.For more information: http://partnersintl.org

blood:water mission


Bloodwater Mission,commited  to clean blood and clean water to fight HIV/AIDS pandemic, to build  wells in Africa, support medical facilities, and lasting impact on the  fight against poverty, injustice, and oppression in Africa.For more  information: http://www.bloodwatermission.com

St. Jude


 St. Jude is  unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries  made here have completely changed how the world treats children with  cancer and other catastrophic diseases.  St. Jude is a place where  cutting-edge research and revolutionary discoveries happen every day.   All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without  regard to the family’s ability to pay.For more  information:  https://www.stjude.org

Hope Reins



Hope Reins pairs hurting kids with rescued horses to find Hope and Healing. For more information: https://hopereins.org/