Creativity comes to life at a new Johnston pottery studio

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
News 12 This Morning

JOHNSTON, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A new pottery studio in Johnston is letting you get your hands dirty. Starting with a little clay, customers can unleash their inner artists and create a custom-made piece of pottery.

Truly, Creativity is everywhere you look at the Ridge Clay Arts studio. It's not coming in and painting a pre-drawn picture, it's something you're actually making from scratch with your own two hands.

The group of art lovers started out three years ago as the Edgefield Clay Studio. After that location closed, the group decided to open a new shop in Johnston.

"We get a lot of tourists in the area that are looking for something to take home with them," said Ridge Clay Arts partner Paula Bowers. "What's better than a homemade piece of pottery?

The best part? Each and every piece of pottery has its own story to tell.

"Since February, we have fired over 500 pounds of clay, which is a great deal. With two kilns, that's a lot."

As a customer, Kim Ruff's love for art started when she was in school. She's now a retired art teacher.

"It's a wonderful group of people to work with, bounce ideas off of," said Ruff.

And each artist has their own unique talents.

"You're very muddy. It's a lot of fun, but you're learning to center and you'll leave with a bowl possibly if you throw on the wheel."

Not only do they teach classes for adults, but they're also offering summer classes for kids starting as young as age five. For these artists, they're living their dream.

"I get to come in and play in the mud, so what's better than that?"

If you're interested in finding out more, head to the Ridge Clay Arts website for more information.

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