Fine Field Pottery
Tell us about your business.I started throwing pottery in May of 2012 after deciding to take a break as being a Presbyterian Minister. I started off by reading several pottery books and purchasing a used Paul Soldner kick wheel that a friend had sitting in a barn. During the summer of 2012 I spent time throwing multiple pieces and by fall I was selling my pottery at a local store. What began as a chance to explore my creative side suddenly grew into a business when special orders started and other opportunities to sell my art arose. Today, I am seeking to further my understanding of techinques and styles while at the same time explore using local Illinois clay as a clay body but also as a glaze. On the business side, I seek to find new venues where I place my product and become a sought after brand. Currently, my product is sold at Art Shows, Vendor Fairs and a local arts and crafts store.
What makes your business stand out?Fine Field Pottery is unique because there are not too many ordained Presbyterian USA ministers out there currently earning an income by selling pottery while serving on the weekends. Besides being a minister, I like to utlize local clay in pieces which offers a depth to pottery when it is stated where the clay came from in the earth.
What's the best business advice you've received?Be patient and do not allow anxiety to rule the heart.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
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Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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