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Life and Work with Lisa Howard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Howard.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I opened the studio and gallery in 1996. Since then, it has grown from my personal production studio with a few classes and a small showroom to the current location where we have over 40 students a week and more than 50 artists and artisans represented in the gallery.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I always joke that if a more challenging career existed, I would have gone with that. I was twenty-four when I opened with only the faintest clue about running the business. I did know that if I didn’t go for it, I would regret it. Since then, I’ve been all in.

I always looked to women I considered successful and took mental notes about their work processes. That has served me well.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with local pottery studio & gallery – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I make a line of mostly wheel-thrown stoneware pottery in a range of colorways. I’m known for my decorative style and patterns, using a traditional technique called slip-trailing. I also represent the work of more than fifty other makers, mostly potters and jewelers, in the gallery. I’m most proud to bring fine craft to my customers and students. I also have a lot of pride in supporting the work my artists produce. I think it is so meaningful.

Who have you been inspired by?
I come from a very long line of ladies who make things. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give them the credit!

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  1. Lynne Rose

    June 19, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I have known Lisa since she was a little girl growing up next door. Her mother Carol Howard was an extraordinary artist with her own shop. She made cut lampshades, painted trays and painted in velvet. Nice article about a wonderful artist

  2. Pam

    June 20, 2018 at 12:31 am

    I have been going to the Local Pottery for many years. My husband and I took classes we love all the pieces which we displayed in our home. We live in NC when we come to Massachusetts we always visit the shop . Wonderful place to visit

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