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Hometown Potters’ Studio to open today

LEWISTOWN –Sharing the same dream to one day own their own pottery studio and teach classes, independent potters Ruth Hayes and Todd Tabb have collaborated to open Hometown Potters’ Studio in Lewistown.

The studio, located in the basement of East End Coffee Co., provides everything needed to create your own work of art and it provides an environment where students can explore their own creative abilities.

After renovating the space, the studio features a gallery on one side that features the work of Hayes and Tabb that is available for purchase, the other side is the production area and where pottery classes will be held.

By offering classes, students will find great instruction, no matter the skill level, and inspiration to help improve their skills on the pottery throwing wheel.

With five wheels available, Hayes and Todd will be holding classes like hand-building workshops, introduction to throwing and full six-week courses. Classes are available for the novice to the professional. With only five wheels, class sizes will be small which allows for individualized attention.

Comparing the studio to the popular “paint and sip” parties in the area, Hayes said, “You can come in with no experience and make something nice.”

Memberships may also be purchased for a monthly fee that will allow members, who are proficient in pottery, access to the studio at anytime.

Both Hayes and Tabb are experience potters and have been selling their works under their own businesses, Ruthie’s Pottery and Wildfire Pottery, respectively. Last fall, the two discussed opening a studio together and they have finally found the right location that was affordable and in downtown Lewistown.

Hayes, who started making pottery in high school, went to college for a crafts making degree in ceramics to learn how to market her pottery. After getting married and having three children, Hayes wanted to get back into ceramics and with her husband’s support, she purchased a wheel and kiln and soon started selling her wares in Etsy.

For Tabb, who took pottery classes in college, said at the end of each semester, students were able to sell their pottery and he made enough money to purchase a wheel. His wife, who also enjoys making pottery, found a kiln in the classifieds and from their the couple started making pottery and selling their wares at local craft shows.

After working out their homes for several years, Hayes and Tabb are both excited to have a permanent location.

To be part of downtown Lewistown’s popular First Friday event, the studio is opening today for the community to take the time to tour the studio and learn about upcoming classes.

Located at 18 Market St., the studio can be accessed from inside East End Coffee Co. or in the back of the building along Mill Street. The studio is open by appointment only.

For more information on classes, email the owners at hometownpotters@gmail.com or visit Facebook.

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