From Good Stock

From Good Stock

June 15, 2018

In 1979, there was an energy crisis, and this energy crisis had an affect on my family that no one could have projected almost 40 years ago. 

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My Mom, Behind the Scenes

My Mom, Behind the Scenes

May 03, 2018

I've been looking forward to writing a little bit about my mom and her contributions to this amazing store for awhile now and I figured that since Mother's Day shows up in May that this would be a good time for that...

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Photo clay being prepped for throwing, photo taken by Elements of Light Photography

The Value of Craftsmanship

March 30, 2018

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From left to right: Dave, Jennie, Kathy, and Josh Lockie; the original founders of Mountain Arts Pottery, and the new owners: their sone and daughter in law.

Drinking Water from a Fire Hose

February 14, 2018

Many people have asked us what it’s been like to take over a business that has been established for 38 years, and the answer is…it’s unbelievably exciting. It’s also terrifying, invigorating, overwhelming, and humbling. A few people have equated it to trying to “drink water from a fire hose”, and that feels very accurate!

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Have an Idea for a Design?

Have an Idea for a Design?

October 20, 2017 1 Comment

When we have people in the Store, we are frequently asked how we come up with our different pottery shapes and designs. Often, our customers are some of our best designers.

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Technology

Technology

October 20, 2017

After 38 years in our present business it is amazing how much we have become dependent on modern day electronics. We have 4 kids and they are always pushing us into the next level of technology.

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Encouragement

Encouragement

October 20, 2017

Years ago as a young potter I was doing some raku work with a limited level of success. We were doing an art show called Art In The Park in Boise, Idaho.

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2017 ANNUAL OOPS! SALE

2017 ANNUAL OOPS! SALE

October 20, 2017

Oops! The term, "No one is perfect" is true in most industries, and a pottery studio is no exception. 

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Growing Pains

Growing Pains

October 20, 2017

I was invited to speak at the Montana State University School of Business in a class on being an entrepreneur, and was asked to share how we started our business.

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A New Glaze Combination

A New Glaze Combination

October 20, 2017

We at Mountain Arts Pottery are constantly trying to find different glaze combinations as well as creative pottery shapes to add interest, newness and freshness to our displays.

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Local Montana Made Products

Local Montana Made Products

October 20, 2017

Before we opened our store, Jennie and I would haul our pottery from state to state, going to fairs and festivals. Pottery was the only thing that we sold at that time.

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A NEW YEAR A NEW ROAD

A NEW YEAR A NEW ROAD

October 20, 2017

It seems that every year there's a new road to walk. This year in late November I was sitting long enough at the store that when I stood up my legs had gone to sleep.

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