In a town where the artistic community thrives, Good Earth Pottery offers an exciting twist on local creations. Throughout its 50 years of varied ownership, the Fairhaven shop has continually represented more than 40 juried local artists at any given time.
“When the previous owners of Good Earth Pottery decided to retire, it felt only natural to become the new owner of the gallery which had become my home, to keep it going and growing,” owner Ann Marie Cooper says.
Cooper says every piece of pottery is one of a kind. The store also features locally made ceramics, jewelry, art cards, and soaps.
“I love helping someone find that perfect mug, or a gift for a loved one that will remind the recipient of the giver every time that item comes out of the cupboard,” Cooper says. “I also feel honored to help support these local makers of functional and decorative art objects which enhance the lives of others.”
Each month, Good Earth Pottery features a different artist by promoting their work alongside a short bio online. The store also hosts a meet-the-artist event during Fairhaven’s Fourth Friday Art Walks.
“Since we represent so many artists, we like to give all the artists a chance for the spotlight, so we rotate through different featured artists every year,” Cooper says. “We also feature several themed and juried group shows a year,including artists from outside our normal 80 mile jurying radius—to add a little extra spice to the mix.”
Although she was always a creative person, Cooper didn’t start out working with pottery. It wasn’t until she began working at Good Earth Pottery that she found the love of working with the pottery wheel.
“Once I put my hands into clay,there was no turning back—I’d found my true creative voice, and a community that I love,” Cooper says.
For those looking to start making pottery, Cooper says don’t give up just because it’s harder than it looks.
“The difficult moments make the triumphs all the more satisfying. Also,be prepared to get hooked,” Cooper says. “Find your voice. Make what speaks to you and it will speak to others.”
1000 Harris Ave., Bellingham, 360.671.3998, goodearthpots.com
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