Friday, June 15, 2012

The Mad Potter

Earlier tonight I met two friends — Karen and Nikki — at The Mad Potter in River Oaks. Plans were to spend a few leisurely hours painting pottery.


Tonight's visit was my second since the first of the year. The last time I went to The Mad Potter, I was there for hours — but only because I spent more than 90 minutes trying to decide exactly what I would paint. The choices were endless, and I was clueless. 


Meredith McCord
There were bowls, cups, glasses, jars, pitchers, teapots, trays and, of course, figurines of all shapes and sizes and for all seasons. I liked many of the pieces, but most important to me was settling on something I could really use! 


I chose a medium-sized bowl that could be placed on a small conference table in my office. I knew I could fill it with a large bag of hard candy, and it would be appreciated by all who came near it.


Having a place and purpose for this bowl made the next step - picking the colors - easy. The bowl would have to be fit with the decor. It would have to be painted black and red. It was, and it turned out great! I really love it!


Tonight, I painted a small, contemporary pitcher in a solid color - in what is probably best described as speckled apple green. I chose this piece because I collect glazed pitchers, the color because I own nothing like it. 


Because I chose a relatively small piece, and had to be apply just three coats of paint, the process was quick and easy. After about an hour, I was sitting back and watching the others, all the while nibbling on the munchies brought in by Nikki and sipping on a cold beverage bought in the shop.


The story of The Mad Potter would make a good story for Houston Woman Magazine. It is owned by Houstonian Meredith McCord. She left a corporate real estate development job in search of a career in a more creative field. 


McCord had studied business and art at Vanderbilt University, and now she's using the knowledge of both to run a successful business that she and her customers just love!

















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