Board of Directors

Board of Directors

President
Sandy Smith

Vice President
Linda Gilbert

Treasurer
Ronda Moody

Secretary
Lisa Walker

Member-at-Large
Deborah McCarty

Teacher Liaison
Lizanne Donegan

Past President
Susan Brum

Founder
Henriette Dressens

About Us

The “POTTERS WIEL” (Dutch for Potters Wheel or Widening Interest & Enjoyment in Life) was started by Henriette Dresens as a small studio located in the basement of the Runeberg Hall, Norwood in 1980. The studio consisted of three wheels & a kiln purchased with money Henriette earned from waitressing. The studio blossomed under the dedicated leadership of Henriette, a potter with a vision & passion for the “Art of Clay”.

Making pots in various shapes & styles and constantly experimenting with new glazes & firing techniques, Henriette & a handful of her students soon became a close-knit, creative group. Then, in 1990 the building in which the studio was housed was sold.

The group found an old warehouse space on Davis Street in Norwood & our cooperative studio Potters Place was formed. We received ‘Not-for-Profit’ status & established a mission to share the pottery experience with the neighboring communities through classes, workshops & special projects for adults & children.

Five years later our rent was doubled, making it necessary for us to search for a new space that could house our studio & school. We moved into the Hogie Bear building in East Walpole. Just five years later that building’s owners informed us that they too would be selling their property.

In late 1999 after a frantic search we moved to our present space just outside Walpole Center which we customized to our own needs & desires. Some day with a little luck (and perhaps a lottery win) we will own our own building!

Today we have 23 potter members who are involved in the running & maintenance of our co-operative studio. Most of our members began as students in our classes & all of our instructors are members. Twice a year we hold a much-anticipated Show & Sale to showcase the work of our members & to raise a donation for a local charity. Five of our members are instructors who teach classes & workshops for all ages and skill levels.

Potters Place is recognized as a vital, independent studio that offers its members & students the opportunity to experience working with clay in an educational environment that is creative, uninhibited & supportive. Share the experience by signing up for a class or workshop, or join us at our Show & Sales. You’ll be glad you did!

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Photographer: Dave Bradley Photo
Support: Mass Cultural Council
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