Nestled in the friendly town of Ripley, Ontario is the bright and beautiful pottery store and workshop. The bright yellow door and fun colourful ” Open ” sign will draw you in for the most pleasant visit.
Meet Susan Nichol, the happy utilitarian stoneware potter:
My life changed when my husband and children gave me pottery lessons as a birthday gift in 2003.
To this day I cannot center on the wheel consistently and was fortunate enough to be handed a rolling pin and told to try that. I have been experimenting and exploring with the process of hand building ever since.
I took the giant leap in 2012 and became a fulltime potter with a studio and retail shop in Ripley, Ontario.
My interest lies in making utilitarian stoneware pottery. Applying coloured slips, carving and glaze are done with the intention of enhancing the work and bringing joy to the owner.
I was raised where my father was born in a small Ontario hamlet. My playground was where my great grandfather’s blacksmith shop, carriage shop and livery stable were and my grandfather’s general store. This is where the inspiration for my work and my love of barn board, locks and latches, antique door knobs and nature comes from.
Classes are offered all year round and are meant to be a fun and relaxed way to spend time playing in mud. I enjoy helping people who say they have no creativity create beautiful pieces with their own hands.