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Potterville Pottery began as one man's inspiration to bring his love of clay to his local community in greater Springfield, MA. In 1996, Stuart Davis, currently a resident of Agawam, rented a suite in an old, brick school-house and opened a part-time studio that offered novices the opportunity to try making their own pieces on the pottery wheel. The less adventurous painted original designs on Davis' hand-thrown pieces. And, some found their forte in hand-building or sculpting with clay. Soon, Potterville Pottery was buzzing with locals who found that painting pottery and working with clay was a great way to relax and enjoy some leisure time.
Today, Potterville Pottery is a full-time studio owned by one of Davis' original customers, Laura Frasco, a West Springfield resident. Honoring her love for Potterville Pottery and staying true to Davis' vision, Frasco has preserved the open nature of the studio, catering to walk-in customers who want to paint hand-thrown pieces, try their own hand at the pottery wheel or sculpt their own piece. She has added popular paint-your-own items, such as animal, sea-life, and fantasy figurines.
The addition of a lesson program in throwing on the pottery wheel for both adults and children reflects Frasco’s love of teaching and passion for throwing. Adults work in private or semi-private lessons or classes. Through working on the wheel assisting dozens of children each week, Frasco and her staff of potters developed a unique lesson program for children. Children work one-on one each week with their own teacher. Students work in earthenware or stoneware, depending on their skill level. Consult our lesson section to learn more about our teaching methods and charges. Frasco has focused on making Potterville a comfortable place for families. She and her staff have cleaned and painted Potterville’s suite, picking cheerful colors and reorganized for efficiency’s sake to provide a spacious room with more tables. Tables are bussed; and the staff make courtesy calls when pieces are ready. Frasco and her staff strive to keep language and music Potterville-appropriate. And, Miss Bunny does much to lend to the family atmosphere that Potterville Pottery prides itself on.