We opened The Clay Purl in 2011 in a tiny shop at the entrance of Antique Alley, and have enjoyed meeting the great knitters from around the world who come to enjoy Brown County. Early in 2013 we began our own line of hand-painted yarns, and are excited to be able to offer them online. Many of the colorways are inspired by the beauty that surrounds us. In May of 2014, we moved to our current location in the heart of Nashvville. My son, Paul, makes some incredible pottery that we are proud to sell at The Clay Purl. We have some other artistic endeavors that show up for sale at The Clay Purl, so come and see us.
During the summer of 2016 Amanda Newlin is joining our staff and will be at the shop a couple of weeks per month!
We are located at 58 E Main St. in Nashvile, IN. Adjacent to the Courthouse and next to Primitives and Pinecones and Weed Patch Music.
I was born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana; and studied Business Administration, Marketing and German at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, where I met my husband, David. We have two grown children, Alyssa (who is married to Matt Stanley), Paul (who lives in Indianapolis), and two beautiful grandchildren – Elayna and Eyan.
David and I spent our honeymoon in Nashville, IN. Then, several years later we inherited the family “cabin” from my parents. We have always loved “getting away” in Brown County – that is when we weren’t living here! We first moved to Nashville in 1986 and stayed until 1992, when we moved our family to Kiev, Ukraine to serve as missionaries for two years. We returned to Nashville again in 2005, and hope to stay here forever though we do spend a lot of our time in Chicago these days. David is a manager consultant for New Church Specialities. I have been an art teacher, an office manager, the Marketing Director at Gaither Family Resources in Alexandria, Indiana, and the graphics designer for the Women’s Ministries department at the World Headquarters of The Wesleyan Church in Fishers, IN.
Paul is my son, and he makes some amazing pottery – everyone loves his yarn bowls! Like the rest of the family he attended Olivet Nazarene University, but graduated from Indiana Wesleyan in 2012. He lives in Indianapolis and is the Chairman of the Department of Ceramics at The Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple.
Amanda is an amazing knitter, crocheter and spinner! She has been a regular at the shop and at knit nights since we opened the door. When I am away, she is one of the smiling faces you see. She is a veteran of the Indiana National Guard and studied at Vincennes University. She lives in Bean Blossom with her husband Dave, her two daughters Sami and Megan, and the animals (cats, a pug, chickens and goats). You will love meeting and talking to Amanda in the shop. We are excited that she is here.