FEATURE – NW Pottery Studio

The following originally appeared in “The Courier-Times” and / or “The Shelbyville News”. Check their websites for further information and dates.

Craftsman Nick Wilson, talks about pottery, inspiration and NW Pottery Studio

Blaise Doubman

Local craftsman, Nick Wilson, is quickly gaining attention for his magnificent pieces of pottery that are not only beautiful in design but also fully functional as well. You may have seen the NW Pottery Studio set up at your local craft show, at your local Church bazaar or some of his postings on social media and wondered about the story behind the creator.

Nick Wilson lives locally and has a passion for beautiful things. He said that he found himself needing something to keep himself busy after his adventures on the Appalachian Trail but knew that he didn’t want the typical 9-5 job. Nick is a self-taught potter and has been doing pottery for two years. 

Before long, he found that his pottery hobby had turned into a business, almost overnight. 

Nick said, “I needed a place to unload some pots to make room for more, so I did my first show at a Church in November of 2019, which was just 2 months after I fired my first kiln load, so after that it immediately turned into a business.” As far as any tips for people wanting to start their own business adventures, Nick urges to take those first steps. “Just do it! Start small. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!”

Creating artwork seems to be therapeutic for so many people but Nick says that he enjoys making functional work. “Things you can use.” If you browse his Facebook business page you will find a variety of pottery pieces available, including a variety of pots, mugs, bowls, spoon rests, coasters, little pinch pots and flower pots, in all sizes, designs and colors imaginable. 

On his Facebook business page, NW Pottery Studio, you will also find videos of him making pottery, sharing pictures of his latest creations and also updating his followers as to where and when to find his business at local events. Nick does not take custom orders but has a variety of styles, colors and designs to pick from of each of his products. 

Running his business takes “planning, hard work and lots of time” but is very rewarding. Nick occasionally sells his pottery online, through Etsy, when he has enough inventory. He also has a booth at “Good Ole Days Antique Store” in Knightstown. His upcoming events are this Saturday, at the New Castle Christmas Festival, from 11-4 and at the Christmas Walk in New Castle on Thursday from December 2nd from 5-8. For more information you can contact Nick through his website NWPottery.studio and on Instagram @nwpottery

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