The Pottery is a studio and gallery space in Toronto’s West End. We run pottery lessons for children and adults, from beginners to seasoned potters, and everyone in between. As well as lessons, The Pottery facilitates clay workshops in schools, businesses, pottery guilds, and social service agencies. We fulfill custom orders for personal or business use, and have even made props for movies!
We have recently opened an online store through our website and are excited to share our work. Feel free to browse our selection.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
In 1985, I had a decision to make. Do I choose a conventional career or do I follow my heart – and my father’s footsteps – and become a potter? Thankfully pottery won, and I am still just as happy with that decision 35 years later. When I first started out in the business, I would make functional pieces during the week, and then head out on the weekends to sell them at craft shows all over Southern Ontario.
Eventually, I was able to purchase my very first pottery studio/store in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto. After a few moves, The Pottery has found its current home of over 17 years in Western Toronto and has expanded to include adult and children’s lessons, custom work, and a variety of pottery workshops. I still love to work on functional and decorative pottery though: through the years I’ve experimented with Raku and Saggar fire techniques, and love to draw inspiration from pottery conferences and demonstrations.
It’s a blessing to be able to work with people who enjoy pottery as much as I do, and I am also grateful for my wonderful wife who is the best unofficial business partner/consultant you could hope for. Without her and the amazing community at The Pottery, none of this would be possible!
– Paul Stewart, owner of The Pottery
WHAT WE OFFER
The Pottery has made historical props and break-away pieces for a variety of movies and tv shows