Tag Archives: Hen House

Sallie’s Greatest at The Hen House

Stop The Hen House by Saturday November 12th to meet Sallie and sample her delicious jams.

The Hen House invites you to a “Southern Drop In.” As part of Highlands’ Culinary Weekend, Sallie Dent Porth will be at the Hen House offering samples of her famous Sallie’s Greatest Jams. On Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m., “Drop In” the Hen House to discover for yourself why Garden and Gun magazine named Sallie’s delectable creations as a ‘Made in the South’ award winner.

“In 2004, I returned to my roots and found myself living in the middle of a huge field with a garden-loving husband in my hometown of Cameron, SC, where farming is a mainstay. One perk of my time in corporate America was an expense account which afforded me the opportunity to experience fine dining across the country, cultivating my knowledge of unique food and flavor combinations. This interest in flavor pairings combined with my creative nature and life in the field led to the creation of Sallie’s Greatest,” explains Sallie.

Sallie makes herbal fruit jams from scratch the old-fashioned way. Just hearing the flavor descriptions will make your mouth water. Some of our favorites include Strawberry and Basil; Blueberry Lemon and Thyme; Peach Pepper and Ginger; and Blueberry with Lavender. These tempting toppings will be served with artisan goat cheese and mouth-watering pork tenderloin.

Stop by Saturday, November 12th to meet Sallie and sample her delicious jams. The Hen House is located on 488 Main Street and can be reached by calling (828) 787-2473.

Richie Del Watts at The Hen House

For most of us the prospect of leftovers is no cause for celebration.

Yet The Hen House/Speckled Hen is setting aside two days in July to allow people to get their hands on Richie Del Watts’ leftovers.  You’re invited to visit The Hen House/Speckled Hen from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on July 15th and 16th to meet Richie and take home a piece of his unabashed creativity.

Richie will be on hand to sign his one-of-a-kind End of Day pottery. “End of Day” refers to his collection of plates and bowls and lovely art pieces created from the glaze and paints left over from the day’s production.

These literal leftovers are by their very nature unique and are much sought-after by collectors. It’s a tribute to Richie’s singular vision that each piece, though predicated on the most random of criteria (unused paints and glazes), beguiles by that subtle interplay of those leftovers.

This year, he’ll be introducing his first-ever End of Day place settings for 12.

The Hen House/Speckled Hen is already pre-selling pieces for the signing and will have on hand 50 End of Day creations in addition to Richie’s place settings. All can be personalized and make wonderful gifts and treasured heirlooms.

The Hen House/Speckled Hen, located at 488 Main Street in Highlands, is the largest gallery of Richie’s  works in the United States, showcasing over 40 different patterns including their very own Highlands pattern.

At the heart of his work is his love of clay. Color, design and technique are the sciences that mold his clay into functional art, which is then transformed into a unique, durable and practical line of dinnerware. Richie produces some of the strongest pottery available, manifesting itself into one of the most beautiful and fine quality lines of dinnerware to grace your table.

Richie followed a circuitous route to get to The Hen House/Speckled Hen. He once owned a chain of clothing shops, and as his creativity began to flow, he moved to jewelry. Throughout this period, he was an avid collector of pottery. His taste in color and eye for detail inspired a friend to suggest that he investigate the process and produce his own dinnerware.

And so he did.

In 2000 he finally achieved success after experimenting on 5,000 pounds of clay. The results were collections in gorgeous colors and evocative patterns that could stand up to constant, everyday use. All of his pottery is dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe. His retail experience was essential to his plan to produce his designs for a larger audience. He found a niche and was there to fill it with subtle colors and beautiful patterns.

To learn more about Richie’s collection of Good Earth Pottery, and see his End of Day collection, visit The Hen House/Speckled Hen at 488 Main Street or call (828) 787-2473.