Rella Tower and her sister always wanted to do pottery, so Rella took the steps to learn how. As Rella got better at her craft, she started giving away many of the pieces she made. “People can only take so much of my works,” she tells us, “so I decided to try selling last year at some craft shows. I really enjoy meeting people and other makers.”
And a business was born. Lucky us.
Rella is inspired by nature and tries to make pieces that people can use. Pretty and practical, just like the name says. Rella admits she’s not in this business to make a living. Rather, she’s just looking to buy more clay for her next piece. “Right now it’s still fun and I’m having fun doing it,” she says. And we know how important it is to have fun with your business.
The calmness and the quiet of the wheel are what pulls Rella back again and again. Because she’s still new to selling her creations and is still learning the process, that calm keeps her centered so she can continue to grow.
Customer favorites vary by show. Rella says, “I have a fish shaped dish and doily dishes I like to make because of the texture. Glazing is what really attracts people to certain items. They love the color so they buy it.”
Rella is looking forward to Market Day on May 11 & 12 because it will be her first 2-day event. She’s also looking forward to reliving the memories of going the the Lock & Dam Historical Park with the children in her classes for picnics and games.
And hey, you can have your own picnic when you come to see Rella on Market Day. There will be plenty of yummy food to be had.
See you there!