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Danielle Sawada
Danielle Sawada

Thrown Together Pottery has been part of downtown Truro for 10 years..

Owner/Potter/Instructor Danielle Sawada is a friendly face well known to people young and old as her business – located at 37 King St. - continues to touch the lives of residents in many ways.

Owner/Potter/Instructor Danielle Sawada is a friendly face well known to people young and old as her business – located at 37 King St. - continues to touch the lives of residents in many ways.

Why did you set up your business in Truro?

Initially I was teaching classes in my home in Belmont and selling things at the farmers’ market in Truro. It became apparent quite quickly there was quite a desire for my business. I had only been doing pottery myself (and not very well!) for about a year when I had people seriously wanting me to teach them. So it started (at home) with the philosophy, "If you don't know anything, I can teach you something." And if they agreed to that we were good to go. We blew stuff up and made a mess of things and learned lots and lots! When I was more confident in my abilities we purchased the property on King Street and decided to try to give it a go. I wanted to be in town as teaching in Belmont was an impediment for anyone who did not have transportation. Truro had the population and traffic I thought would allow my business to grow.

 

How has it changed during the past 10 years?

We have gone from having four wheels to eight and we have added

an extra slab roller, so now we have two. I have had to add an extra class per week and I could probably add another one, but I can only teach so many people and store so many pots each week. I have

regulars - both local and tourists. The teaching side of the business has exploded and potters across the Maritimes are also seeing the same shift in demand. This summer we spent three months completely renovating the studio. We call it the "summer of shelves" but it was more than just shelves. When we opened, we used what we could find cheap or free. This summer we custom built things to fit the space and purpose. It is so much more organized and productive as a teaching/studio space.

 

What were some of the highs and lows during the past 10 years?

 

Highs: Getting the 2012 CNTA Best Gift Show Award Creating Bowls for Balance with Mental Health Being touted as one of the top 10 things to do in Colchester County by Roger Brooks. I am on page 69

(https://tourismns.ca/sites/default/files/page_documents/truroassessment-rogerbrooks-oct2015.pdf) and renovating the studio this year to make it more useful as a teaching environment. Lows: The year they closed my street for three months prior to Christmas and I almost folded.

 

What are your future goals?

Get an employee, but that isn't in the cards yet. Perhaps even have someone who wants a residency for the summer who can run the shop and manage the studio and do the tech stuff. After 10 years of working pretty much six days a week, I would like a holiday and some

weekends off. But I do love being in the studio and when I am home I just want to get back at it. It is my happy place.

 

 

Janice Guinan is a local artist who passionately believes in the importance of visual art. Her About Art column appears each week in the Colchester Weekly News.

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