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April 2021 Newsletter

10 Years

10 years ago we celebrated the grand opening of this business idea we decided to call Throwing Mud Gallery. The first time we looked at this location, Eileen was still working for a big bank downtown, knowing her IT job was being eliminated, and Mark was making pottery in the garage, doing art shows, and teaching a pottery class through Metro Parks.

TMG IN 2010On December 20, 2010 we decided to take the leap and signed a 5-year lease at 2212 North 30th street. By mid January 2011, we had 5 pottery wheels and 4 pottery students who had been taking classes from Mark at Metro Parks (2 of them are still here!)

In 2013 we were able to expand our business. This gave us the ability to increase our gallery space and class size - we now had 12 pottery wheels - and we added a paint your own pottery studio!

Fast forward to 2021….

  • Over 900 people have taken pottery classes from us
  • 1/3 of our students have been with us for over 2 years
  • We’ve had employees (thanks Rosa!)
  • Friendships have been made
  • 2 pottery students who met in class and are now married and have a child.
  • We have artwork in our gallery that was created by over 100 different craftspeople
  • Some of our students are now selling their pottery
  • We’ve survived being closed for 3 months during a pandemic

Thank you so much for supporting us through the years. When we’re able to gather again, you can be sure that we will be throwing a BELATED ANNIVERSARY PARTY!  Stay tuned...

Have you been wanting to get your hands dirty and make something out of clay at home?  Maybe your kids want to make something out of clay? We are excited to now offer take home clay kits!  The kit price is $55 and includes:
  • Two 1# bags of light stoneware clay
  • Pottery tools
  • Instructions
  • Project Ideas
  • Bisque firing, paint/glaze, and glaze firing for up to 2 items that you make with your kit



How it works

Order your kit online and pick it up from our studio.  Take it home and make whatever you want with the 2 pounds of clay that is included with your kit. The kit price includes firing and glazing of up to 2 items.  We'll give you some basic instructions and project ideas.

When you're done, bring it back to us for the first kiln firing, which is called the "bisque" firing.  After that we will give you some options for painting your pottery or having us dip it into a glaze for you.  Then it needs to be fired one more time before it is completely done.

Mother's Day

mothers dayMother's Day is May 9th

Show your mom, grandma or your favorite mother figures some love with pottery painted especially for them!
  • Order pottery online to paint at home 
  • Come into our studio to paint your masterpiece
  • Give the gift of  a date with mom and paint together

We are open for pottery painting in our studio with limited seating.

Our next 6-week session of classes will begin the week of May 17th


Details on our website. We will still have smaller classes and current students have priority registration until May 1st. We do have a long waiting list, but if you would like to be added, give us a call at 253-254-7961.

Evening Classes, 6 to 8:30pm
  Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursday

Morning Classes. 10am to 12:30pm
  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays

Student Pottery Sale - June 25-27

Mark your calendars for our Annual Student Pottery Sale!
(With the exception of last year for obvious reasons)


This is an opportunity to showcase the pottery made by our talented students - and to purchase handmade pottery at amazing prices!  More details to follow...
     

Join the conversation! Request to join our private Facebook group for Throwing Mud Gallery Students


Use #tmgpotterystudent when sharing your pottery photos on social media!

 
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Hours


Mon: Noon to 5 pm
Tues: 10 am to 5 pm
Wed: 10am to 8 pm
Thur-Sat: 10am to 5pm
Sun: Noon to 4 pm

 
 

Links


Throwing Mud Gallery
Clay Art Center
Washington Clay Arts Assoc.
Ceramics Daily
Tacoma Arts
Mark Hudak Pottery
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