What was your inspiration behind opening The Mad Potters?
Jerry, The Mad Potter, fell in love with pottery in high school and has been fine tuning his skill for five decades!
What is the meaning behind the name?
He decided on the name “The Mad Potters” because he’s crazy about clay and loves creating fun, unique pieces; it’s also a nod to his love of Disney and Alice In Wonderland.
What does your business offer?
At The Mad Potters, folks ages seven and up can learn to throw on the pottery wheel via one-on-one lessons with Jerry, sculpt/hand build with clay, glaze (paint) ceramic pieces, and host an event such as a birthday party for all ages, team building events, Scout troops, etc. Individuals can also rent wheel time and purchase clay if they already know how to throw. We also work with individuals who have ceramic pieces that have broken and unfinished pieces and allow them to finish and/or repair, when possible.
How does The Mad Potters stand out from other “similar” businesses?
While other studios offer traditional “paint your own pottery,” finding a studio that offers the ability to learn to throw on the wheel is difficult. We also offer individuals the ability to utilize our glazes and will fire their creations in our on-site kilns, which is often not offered at other pottery studios. We are a flexible studio and enjoy working with our community members on their art goals within the realm of pottery. Our goal is to say “YES” to your pottery dreams!
Any plans/changes for 2019?
In 2019, Jerry will begin teaching “Glazing 101” classes once a month for middle school, high school and adults. We also hope to offer more kid classes that will focus on hand-building and glazing.
By: Michelle Lassle Photos by: Ron Essex Photography
629 First Street