The Look Back

 

When we started P&W nearly 4 years ago, our lives were much different. Reflecting back, It was probably the most challenging period of time we've yet encountered. We were isolated from our support system and frankly, pretty broke. But amid the rural lake landscape, we began sorting through everything that life had thrown at us. Then, something unexpected happened. We found ourselves. 

 View from the picture window of our old home & studio. I shot most of the product photos here. 

View from the picture window of our old home & studio. I shot most of the product photos here. 

We couldn't have imagined what the next years would bring. We worked hard, both professionally and personally. We tirelessly renovated our old house and studio. Some may have considered it to be a giant money pit. It was originally meant to be a B&B next to the grape fields that the Finger Lakes are globally known for. The property was big, beautiful, took up all of our free time, not so expendable income, and energy to restore and maintain. Detached from any real sense of community, we both developed a strong sense of self both independently as well as within our young marriage. 

 Canandaigua Lake as seen from our road. It was a hazy, but beautiful day. 

Canandaigua Lake as seen from our road. It was a hazy, but beautiful day. 

At a time with few options, we encouraged each other to focus on the dreams that we had prior believed only to be hobbies. These hobbies are what have since manifest into The Potter & Woodsmith. For that, we couldn't be more grateful for our past experiences. 

2016 brought many exciting changes and success. We have shifted over to selling both on our website, as well as with wholesale partners. We've relocated our entire business closer to Rochester, NY. We both have the studio and office space we desperately needed and don't spend our lives remodeling and repairing an old home. We will miss the views, hard work, and character that comes with an old home, but now we have the time to actually focus on what matters. 

 Back to work in my new pottery studio. Unbelievably happy that we could expand.

Back to work in my new pottery studio. Unbelievably happy that we could expand.

Now that we are settled in to the new space, we are working hard to get our web store stocked back up with many new and refined pieces. I feel like we are finally started to develop a very distinct and hopefully timeless style that we can't wait to share with you. Our goal is to be back and live well before Valentine's Day. I hope that you will all plan to visit the web store when that time comes. 

Along with the web store relaunch, we are planning to really amp up the content of our website in 2017. We feel like we have learned a lot since we started P&W and want to share it. We plan to do many more blog posts covering what we have learned about running a cottage industry business, tips about pottery and woodworking, our experience with wholesale, and more. We hope that you subscribe and join in with us. 

Every time that we sell one of our hand crafted pieces, we feel like our enthusiasts get a little piece of us. In that same spirit, we plan to make this blog a place where we share our experiences and our lives. Thank you for spending the last 4 years supporting our adventure. We cannot wait to continue in an even bigger way this new year.

 Working hard on new concepts exclusively for our web store. 

Working hard on new concepts exclusively for our web store.