AbigailTonksPottery

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Announcement    Hello and welcome to my shop! All of my colorful pots are thoughtfully thrown and glazed by me in my little Randolph, VT, studio. If you love hand thrown pottery that is beautiful to look at and to hold, you have come to the right place.

Please visit my website which is fully stocked with unique, giftable pots! You can also join my mailing list to receive shop updates

https://www.abigailtonkspottery.com/

For shop pottery throwing tips, and views into my studio, follow me on instagram:

www.instagram.com/abigailtonkspottery

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 5, 2022

Hello and welcome to my shop! All of my colorful pots are thoughtfully thrown and glazed by me in my little Randolph, VT, studio. If you love hand thrown pottery that is beautiful to look at and to hold, you have come to the right place.

Please visit my website which is fully stocked with unique, giftable pots! You can also join my mailing list to receive shop updates

https://www.abigailtonkspottery.com/

For shop pottery throwing tips, and views into my studio, follow me on instagram:

www.instagram.com/abigailtonkspottery

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About AbigailTonksPottery

Sales 1,990
On Etsy since 2009

My Clay Story

I began throwing pots when I was a teenager. In fact, it was just shortly after a potter threw me a ball of clay (my first, real piece of clay that wasn't play-doh or that oily gunk) at an artist career fair for high schoolers in Stowe, VT. I remember being completely mesmerized as he demonstrated pulling a clay form on the wheel, but even more amazed by the infinite possibilities of what the clay I held in my hands could become. I even loved the earthy smell of it! I began by taking some (ultimately frustrating) throwing classes at a local clay studio. I think it took me roughly 6 weeks to throw a 2" tall, thick walled, awkward clunker, but I was hooked! I continued to throw throughout college, and even though I ended up with a major in German (I thought this would be more practical. HA!) , I have to say that making pots became my main focus. I mean, 6-8 hours a day, thank-God-the-studio-is-open-until-3AM kind of focus.
After college, it wasn't always easy to stay true to my dream. I was told a few too many times that I was being too idealistic with my pottery fantasy world, that I couldn't really make a living with it. My early twenties were filled with every sort of odd job you could imagine from working at a bank to hosting wine tastings, but nothing ever felt right, even the jobs that were supposed to be "fun". A friend asked me one day what my dream job would be if I could choose it, and I immediately thought of making pottery, but I was full of so much self doubt. I really hesitated to even admit my own truth! She told me I should start by making just ten bowls and see if they sold...Well, they did!
Since then, my little etsy shop has taken on a life of its own, and I love what I do! Every little back breaking bit of it... except maybe the clean up. One day, I would love to hire just one person, one hour a day, to recycle my clay scraps and clean up my messes.
Mostly, I love this idea that my work is always changing and improving, that I have many good years left for my work to become finer or more inspired or just different. I continue to be amazed by the infinite possibilities behind a chunk of clay. I hope this personal joy and sense of creative freedom comes through in every piece.

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  • Abigail Tonks

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    My name is Abby Tonks. I began potting at the age of 16, and I am still at it 25 years later! I work out of my lovely Randolph, VT home studio. My dream is to keep on making pottery as long as I am able to.

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Last updated on Nov 20, 2019

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