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New pottery studio opens in Marshall

Tuesday, Mar. 4 | By Contributed article
Some of the products offered at Bid Dog Pots/Courtesy photo
Big Dog Pots Pottery Gift and Art Studio has opened its doors on Main Street in Marshall, Virginia. The new 1700 square foot commercial space was created from a renovated home originally built in 1890 and features gifts, classes, and Open Studio time.

The gift gallery offers unique handmade pottery, birdhouses, hand turned bowls, handmade woven baskets using English bridle and stirrup pieces, and many other exceptional pieces for that Special Day, or Everyday. The Studio can create custom, one of a kind pieces for weddings, bridal showers, birthdays, retirement, and other special occasions. In addition, custom made dog and cat bowls including unique bowls for Spaniels and other dogs with long ears are available.

Big Dog Pots is a working Studio and will offer ongoing pottery and mixed media classes geared toward the beginner and intermediate student. Classes are offered for ages 3 and up during the day, evening and weekends. Class sizes are small to allow for an intimate and comfortable experience. Classes for home school students are available. Sessions for private lessons, birthday parties, private parties, Girl Scout Troop Badge, Couples Night, Wine and Cheese events, Girls Night Out, business retreats, and more are offered by reservation. Open Studio time is available to potters of all skill levels featuring professional grade equipment and work space.

Big Dog Pots Pottery Owner Lori Langford is a local Marshall resident. She began her journey into pottery after the loss of her mother in 2007. Pottery became a therapeutic and meaningful outlet for Lori. She has been admitted into numerous juried fine art shows in the region and has quickly developed a following of devoted customers who collect her one of a kind pieces. In 2012, Lori officially launched her highly successful online store through ETSY http://www.etsy.com/shop/bigdogpots. When she outgrew her home studio, Lori decided to move her love of pottery to East Main Street. Lori has given lessons for many years, and has worked with young and old to share her joy of creating pottery. She believes that anyone can learn to create with clay and offers herself as a perfect example.

Lori's pieces are richly textured with handmade wood carvings, wedding lace, and other unusual elements. Lori has developed numerous signature glazes and uses a multilayered process which yields unique, original, and inspired results. Lori works with original laser cut wood blocks which she embeds into raw clay, yielding stunning, one of a kind textural impressions with intricate details. Lori has designed many original impressions including the Court House building in Old Town Warrenton, and numerous commercial applications including pieces for the Barrell Oak Winery, Oatlands Historic House, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Mountain Lake Lodge, Delaplane Strawberry Festival, Lake Junaluska Methodist Retreat Center, and more. Pieces made with custom carvings are available for special events, corporate entities, and other applications.

Since 2007, Lori has donated the proceeds from her pottery sales to local animal rescue groups, and other local charities. Big Dog Pots Pottery will continue to donate a portion of their proceeds to local animal rescue groups. Lori is committed to helping those who cannot always help themselves.

The Studio and Gallery are now open with hours in March of Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A Grand Opening is planned for Saturday, March 29 from 9:00 to 4:00 pm. The Grand Opening will feature ongoing wheel and hand building demonstrations, light refreshments and hourly free giveaways.

Big Dog Pots Pottery Studio is located at 8287 East Main Street, Marshall.
For more information, visit: http://www.bigdogpots.net

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