Our First Year in Review

February 06, 2019 5 Comments

Our First Year in Review

What a year!  We are so grateful to have made it through our first year as owners with more lessons and growth than we could have anticipated.  It’s been a wonderful challenge and an even greater opportunity and we could not be more thankful for it all.


We will be the first to admit that stepping into the role of “new owners” came along with a healthy dose of intimidation.  Knowing how loved and respected Josh’s parents were with our deep appreciation for the culture they had built, we wondered if we would be able to sufficiently fill the shoes, so to speak.

 

 

There was a particular moment when it hit us, sometime in the spring, where we thought, “Wow!  This is awesome. We have such a great team and community around us who are all excited about where we are going and we feel so fortunate.”

 

The greatest highlight from last year was getting to know our loyal customer base, whether it’s those who visit us daily or once a year, getting to know those who have supported Mountain Arts Pottery for so many years has been a true pleasure for us.  If it weren’t for them, none of us would be here!

 


 

In reflecting, we ask ourselves what we learned this year that was the most valuable lesson and it’d probably be the practice of grace with ourselves.  We constantly have to learn how to do new things that we have never done before and it has required a tremendous amount of grace to be OK with imperfection.  This has been such a valuable test because we feel like offering grace to ourselves has allowed us to feel even deeper appreciation for our team here; knowing that we are all in this together and mistakes are inevitable when you are learning something new.


With our first year under our belts, we are excitedly looking forward to seeing what this year has in store!

Thank you so much for being here with us,

-Josh and Kathy

and The Mountain Arts and Coffee Pot Family





5 Responses

Jean M Einhaus
Jean M Einhaus

April 08, 2019

Kathy, I, like Connie, in the above comment, have not been to the pottery shop for some time since my son and family moved away and I miss it so, so much! I have several pieces of your parents pottery displayed proudly on my bakers rack and several other areas in my home!
I was putting butter on my butter dish and got to thinking about how long it has been since I was there so decided to go to the website and see what was new.
I really wanted to tell you and your mother, how wonderful she was when I would come in ( before I was heading back to MN) because she understood how difficult it was for me to leave since she did not have all her children back in Montana at the times I was there; she always had such kind words during a sad time. Your potter is beautiful and when we are back in the area again, I will certainly be stopping in to purchase more pieces. Thank your mother for me for all the kind understanding words when I visited the shop; wonderful people and awesome products!!!!!!

Joe
Joe

March 05, 2019

You have a special place there. My wife Stephanie and I love to stop in for breakfast and shop for beautiful pottery afterwards whenever we’re in The Bozeman area.

Connie Urness
Connie Urness

March 05, 2019

Love, love love what you do! My kids have moved from Bozeman, so I don’t get to come and see you anymore…(Sniff, Sniff)! God’s blessing to you and your business!

Elise Cater
Elise Cater

March 05, 2019

I am so glad I found you online. Love my Mountain Arts pottery and plan to order more soon!

Heather
Heather

March 05, 2019

We LOVE your place! It is my favorite for breakfast and lunch or just desserts! I also have bought several items from the pottery section of the store. The girls who work there are so awesome and kind. We moved here last Summer so I cannot compare to previous years but I can say you have an awesome business and great group of people! Best wishes for many future great years!

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