I have always been curious to go to the Pot Shop and after a year living in Washington I finally ventured to. It is only 2 minutes away from our house and in the past two weeks I have been there three times. You might say that I liked it…
The Pot Shop is a family owned business that opened doors in Washington three years ago. It all started when Mary O’Gorman and her four daughters, Noreen, Colleen, Kathleen and Maureen, decided to materialize their shared love for ceramics and arts. Noreen, who works at the shop, says that pottery has been a life-long passion of hers and she loves to experiment with the clay in search of new shapes and forms.
Most of the people who visit the Pot Shop find the pottery wheel fascinating, and would love to give it a try. The answer is “Yes,” the Pot Shop offers lessons. They can teach you how to throw your own pots to the best of your abilities, at a time convenient for you. For $55 you get two 2 hour sessions per week (4 hours total). Each session is 1 hour of intensive tutoring followed by 1 hour practice time or studio use. Gift Certificates are also available ( Can you guess what my father-in-law is getting for Christmas? 😉
I have always thought that to make a pot you just need a blob of clay and a pair of very skilled hands. This much is true, but as Noreen pointed out, there is also a science behind “pot throwing.” The piece of clay needs to undergo 4 crucial stages on the wheel, before it is transformed into any particular shape.
Still not getting the full picture? Noreen does live demonstrations of wheel and Raku pottery all the time and you can visit her at the store at your convenience. This is exactly what I did, and, of course, I had to take some photos: