Blankenship Farms Pottery

About the Artist, Donnalee Blankenship

Donnalee working on Blankenship Farms Pottery
Hand building an Alabama platter.

I grew up with creative parents, and admired my art teacher aunt, but had very few artistic opportunities in school. In fact, my small town high school had no art classes at all. I always loved photography, painting, drama, ventriloquism, and creativity in all forms.

In 2010, I signed up for a pottery wheel class at the Shelby County Arts Council in Columbiana, Alabama, and I was hooked. I took class after class as long as my schedule allowed. A few years later, I started taking classes at Tena Payne’s studio, Cahaba Clayworks in Leeds, Alabama. Most recently I’ve taken classes with Nelson Grice at Grice Art Studio.

Glazing Blankenship Farms Pottery
Painting on the glaze.

I continue looking for new classes and opportunities to learn new techniques and discover what clay can do.

My desire is to make beautiful and useful art. My dream is to study with potters all over the U.S. and abroad, and learn what works for them. My philosophy is to find adventure and joy in all that I do and share that with others.

About Blankenship Farms Pottery

Blankenship Farms Pottery Alabama Cheese Platters
Alabama Cheese Platters

Stoneware pottery is perfect for kitchen use. Bisque fired at cone 04 and glaze fired at cone 6, stoneware is durable and can be used in the oven or refrigerator. Lead-free glazes make it food safe. Most of my pottery is hand built or slab built. Occasionally, I work on my wheel skills and throw bowls, plates, and more.

Our pottery with melted glass should not be used with food. Pottery with metallic edging should not be microwaved. All pottery dishes are dishwasher safe, however, that will wear and tear on the pieces more than hand washing.

Blankenship Farms Pottery Oil Bottles or Soap Bottles
Alabama Oil or Soap Bottles

The majority of my clay and glazes come from Stone Mountain Clay and Glazes in Tucker, Georgia. I hope to one day process local Alabama clay and incorporate that into my pieces. It’s all a learning process.


Image credits: All the good looking, professional photos on this page were taken by the fabulous Heather Ponder of PonderHill Photography in Pelham, Alabama.  She is amazing. My photos are pretty obvious. :-/

Blankenship Farms Honey

Three Bottles Blankenship Farms Honey

Blankenship Farms Honey is made by honeybees in Shelby County, Alabama under the management of apiarist Brandon Blankenship.

Blankenship Farms Honey starts flowing early here. We start each day with a tablespoon of pure raw honey that has been dissolved in a glass of water with a squirt of lemon juice. We are convinced that it is the best way to satisfy an early morning thirst.

Blankenship  Farms honey is pure and raw – it is not filtered or heated above 105 degrees.

Our honey bee hives are free of pesticides, fungicides and plastic. Herbicides are not used in the apiary. When extracted from the honeycomb, our honey is screened (not filtered) and it is not blended with sugar syrup or high fructose corn syrup.

Blankenship Farms Honey and Exercise

Blankenship Farms Honey is a natural source of carbohydrates. Before exercising, consider eating pure honey for a carb load to burn off during a workout or sports. Stay hydrated and energized by adding honey to your bottled water.

For a protein enriched high carb snack, mix honey with peanut butter or light cream cheese for a fruit dip or sandwich.

Blankenship Farms Honey for Breakfast

If we have any kind of bread for breakfast it is topped with Blankenship Farms Honey. Buttered biscuits are a favorite. Each December, we have a limited release lemon-honey jelly. Winter goodness peaks with lemon-honey jelly smeared over a butter saturated biscuit.

However, we don’t have bread every morning. Many mornings we have fruit with a honey-syrup or honey-glaze. Our latest favorite is honey vanilla yogurt.

Blankenship Farms Honey for Lunch

On a hurried day, a peanut butter and honey sandwich is the way to go.

Most days, though, we end up with a salad of some kind. Greens of some type are available from our garden most nat honey month bfmonths of the year. We switch up what we mix with honey for a salad dressing: honey-balsamic vinaigrette, apple cider vinegar honey vinaigrette – the combinations never end.

Most days, though, we end up with a salad of some kind. Greens of some type are available from our garden most months of the year. We switch up what we mix with honey for a salad dressing: honey-balsamic vinaigrette, apple cider vinegar honey vinaigrette – the combinations never end.

When pears are in season we drizzle them with cinnamon-honey as a side dish.

Blankenship Farms Honey for Supper

Heat changes the nature and character of honey. We are often on a quest to find recipes for supper that include honey without having to cook the honey itself.

Often what we do is modify a recipe to add the honey after the cooking process is over. Consider these options:

  • Sweet and Salty Chicken
  • Honey Bourbon-Roasted Carrots
  • Honey-Soy Lacquered Ribs
  • Grilled and Salted Chicken (with Honey Drizzle)
  • Dinner Rolls (with Honey Butter)

Blankenship Farms Honey for Desert

Imagine an apple cake with ice cream and honey sauce.

Honey-candied pecans are a staple that can be eaten by themselves, used as an ice cream topping or worked into almost any desert.

Blankenship Farms Honey In the Kitchen

Use As Sugar Substitute: Honey is a little sweeter than sugar so you can substitute easily. For the first cup of sugar to a one-to-one substitution. Over one cup, use about 2/3-3/4 cup of honey for every cup of sugar.

Use as An Emulsifier: Honey acts as a binder and thickener for sauces, dressings, marinades and dips.

Use as A Humectant: Honey provides and retains moisture in a variety of dishes and can even extend the shelf life of baked goods.

Blankenship Farms Honey and Looking Better

Add a squeeze of honey to your moisturizer, shampoo or soap at home. Honey’s natural moisturizing properties can certainly make you look better. NOTE: We don’t guarantee that you will look good. If you were born ugly or somehow got ugly over the years, all you can hope for is to look better – a squeeze of Blankenship Farms Honey may just help with that.

Blankenship Farms Honey Helps You Sleep

If your sleep is interrupted by constant coughing (yours or someone else’s) here is a honey based cough syrup that may help you sleep.

Getting Some Blankenship Farms Honey

You can find Blankenship Farms Honey at Gifted in Pelham or at a retailer near you.

Ask Retailer Blankenship Farms Honey


Image Credit: Thans to Lindsey Bieda for the use of her image Bubbles in Honey which is used under a Creative Commons License through flickr 17OCT2006