News from Throwing Mud Gallery
Throwing Mud Gallery


Downtown Tacoma Third Thursday Art Walk: May 18, 5-8pm

Northwest Crafts Center, Seattle, May 6-30

New work by Reid Ozaki, John Harris, Susan Lochner and Damian Grava

University District Street Fair, Seattle, May 21-22

Tacoma Art Place: Community Art Day, May 21, 10-6

Pottery Northwest, Seattle: Deborah Schwartrzkopof: "Just Dessert"
June 4-30, opening reception June 4, 6-8pm

News from the Studio

When we offered our first official session of pottery classes in February, we had a total of 14 students registered for classes.  We are now in our 2nd week of our third session, and we have just about twice that many people taking pottery classes!  It's great to see so many people that are interested in getting muddy and learning to express their creativity through clay.

We've received comments from visitors, and especially other potters, on our clean studio. Thank you for cleaning up after yourselves for the benefit of everyone who uses the studio.

"The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything." --Bishop W. C. Magee

Gallery News

Just about every week we're bringing in new artwork for the gallery.  We were pretty thrilled last Saturday when Don Sprague brought in over 30 pieces of pottery.  Don Sprague is one of the better known Pacific Northwest Potters and one of Mark's favorites.  He grew up in Tacoma and now lives in Portland. Be sure to stop by the gallery to see his beautiful work.  We are also anxiously awaiting some pottery from Loren Lukens - another "celebrity" in the world of ceramics. So far we have pottery, jewelry, glass, wood and other artwork from over 30 craftspeople. When you're shopping for a unique gift for someone else or something for yourself, keep us in mind!

Tosch Pottery

Tosch Pottery

Pit-Fired Vessels

Our friends, Lonnie & Julie Tosch from Edmonds, are the featured artists at The Art Stop from May 18th to June 30th. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, May 19th from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The Art Stop is located at 940 Broadway (inside LeRoy Jewelers). Their hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:30-5:30, Saturday, 9:30-4:30

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls

We are proud to work with the Emergency Food Network for their Empty Bowls 2011 fundraiser scheduled on November 12th.  The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

We are still brainstorming ideas on how to get everyone at Throwing Mud Gallery involved in this project. When Mark is instructing on the pottery wheel, he is saving the bowls he makes for this project. If you have any ideas, please let us know.  This is a perfect way for us to give back to our community and help fight hunger.

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