My love of clay began very innocently in 2001 with a call to a local potter looking for lessons.
She was unable to teach, but she pointed me in the direction of Carmen who, after some gentle persuasion, reluctantly took me under his wing. In his little studio I learned the fundamentals, for which I am eternally grateful.
An opportunity presented itself in 2002 to open Mudslingers Pottery Studio in the carriage house behind what is now Kellocks Restaurant in Berwick, Nova Scotia. This is where I was able to develop my own skills by teaching others. It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to offer the public a place to experience clay.
In 2005, my family made the difficult decision to close the studio when I was offered a position with Michelin Tire. I sold all of my equipment, except one wheel, and closed the door. I did not touch clay again for 12 years.
My time with Michelin was successful, and after a promotion to a management position, the resulting change to my schedule allowed me to reacquaint myself with my old hobby. I bought a box of clay, dusted off my wheel, and started to throw again. It is not like getting back on a bicycle! The first few attempts were disastrous!
Gradually I improved, and eventually I started to sell a few pieces locally and at craft fairs. I launched the Anderson Pottery Facebook page on September 1, 2017, and very quickly I found myself much busier than I had intended. In 2020 I launched the Nova Scotia mug that quickly became my best seller, and they have been backordered ever since! This mug has been embraced by fellow Bluenosers, and I could not be more grateful.
I am very proud to be able to offer functional stoneware pottery, and hope that it brings joy to every household that uses it!