DowningPottery

handmade ceramics that celebrate home

Tacoma, Washington On Etsy since 2006

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DowningPottery

handmade ceramics that celebrate home

Tacoma, Washington | 3,441 Sales

Announcement    Thank you for visiting Downing Pottery and for all of the support during this uncertain time! Turnaround time on Made-to-Order items is running at 6 weeks right now & I am on hiatus from custom work for the foreseeable future. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Tacoma Locals: please take advantage of free, no-contact pick up from my front porch in the Lincoln District Neighborhood using coupon code "TACOMA". If you are unable to pick up, you may also use code "DELIVERY" for free delivery in Tacoma, Fircrest and UP.

Follow me on social media @DowningPottery!

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 5, 2020

Thank you for visiting Downing Pottery and for all of the support during this uncertain time! Turnaround time on Made-to-Order items is running at 6 weeks right now & I am on hiatus from custom work for the foreseeable future. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Tacoma Locals: please take advantage of free, no-contact pick up from my front porch in the Lincoln District Neighborhood using coupon code "TACOMA". If you are unable to pick up, you may also use code "DELIVERY" for free delivery in Tacoma, Fircrest and UP.

Follow me on social media @DowningPottery!

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About DowningPottery

Sales 3,441
On Etsy since 2006

Oh! Your Poor Hands.....

My Grandmother Alice was a hand model for Jergens in the 1920s. She used to say that I had inherited her hands and for the love of Pete was she dismayed at what I have done to them! She left us in 2005, just a few months shy of her 100th birthday, and up until her final moments she had perfect nails.

Every time I would go to visit, she would hold out her hands so that I could lay mine on hers for an inspection. Fail. There is just no way to have model hands while working as a clay artist. There is no polish that could withstand the constant exfoliation of whirling clay (and if there is, I wouldn't want to use it!). There is no lotion, not even Jergens, that can keep in the moisture while dipping my hands in and out of water buckets and vats of glaze all day long. It's a lost cause.

But what these poor hands give me is a vocation that is creative, sustaining and fulfilling. I get to go to my studio each day and make pots that work for people. Mugs that fit their hands just right, bowls that they use every morning. For that, I am so so grateful and I think Nana Alice would be proud.

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  • Sarah D Woodson

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Shipping Department, Customer Service

    In summer 1999 I took my first pottery class. Starting as a weekend dabbler, I spent more and more time at the studio until it eventually became a job. Fast forward two decades and its the only job I want to do.

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