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Girard Stoneware

American Made Since 2008

Patrick Girard

Glens Falls , New York
Girard Stoneware offers customized, handmade pottery in an array of ready-made, handcrafted styles of the highest quality form and function.
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Tell us about your business.

I knew from a young age that I wanted to do something creative with my life. Inspired by an art teacher in high school, I discovered a passion for the fine art of pottery. I studied the craft, apprenticed with renowned potters and decided that instead of pursuing teaching I would strike out on my own and build a business that would share my deep love of beautiful things. With the help of my family, I opened my first studio/gallery in 2008 on Beekman Street Art District in Saratoga Springs, New York. For a time my studio was in the historic Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, New York. I now design and create my pottery in a small studio space and work on commissioned projects for my loyal clientele.

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

My time in the studio is akin to a peaceful retreat. I am surrounded by the possibility of turning ‘nothing into something’ and that fuels my passion. I try new techniques; I challenge my status quo and push myself to be even better. My studio is where I’m logging my 10,000 hours often times with great jazz playing in the background. It’s where I create with my hands a gift in every sense of the word.

What inspires you?

Good design carries certain marks. It considers function, efficiency and economy. My work strives to strike a balance between these important parameters while keeping the design simple. My hand-crafted pottery pieces are handmade with care and detailed precision for pottery that has exceptional style, form and function. From a ball of clay, I hand throw an extensive array of pottery, including drinkware, serveware and fine art pieces. The clay is delicately molded and hand trimmed to the right shape, size and thickness resulting in a unique piece each and every time. It is then hand glazed and fired to create useful, beautiful pottery.

What makes your business stand out?

The inspiration for my designs comes from nature. I offer a distinctive twist on tried and true pottery techniques. A review in a local hometown paper The Post-Star sums it up best as to why my pottery has a following: “All of the pottery, created by potter Patrick, displays individuality while maintaining a vibe that could make them blend effortlessly in virtually any home decor. The array of plates, bowls and cups vary from smooth, clean and pristine to designs with a little bit of raw edge.”

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

Be patient. Being an entrepreneur is not instantly gratifying. It is hard work, long days, highs and lows, but it’s all yours. A thick skin and the ability to adapt and be flexible will also serve you well.

What does American Made mean to you?

I come from a hardworking middle class family background. It was instilled in me at a young age that to succeed a strong work ethic and a drive for excellence would mean the difference between success and failure. My grandfather was a dairy farmer. He worked hard his entire life using his hands to bring food to the table for his family of six. That idea of using your hands to create a life well lived is a driving force in my life today. To know that I am using my hands to make something is incredibly important to me in this world of mass-produced, commercialized and imported products. I believe I’m part of an important movement to return America to its treasured history of making high quality, useful and beautiful things.

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