All About Us
It all began with my career change from managment to teaching. Talk about stress!!!! Then some friends of mine decided that we should take a pottery class. I remember it well, the first time I opened that first bag/pug of clay, it was all over and I was addicted. From this one little Saturday afternoon class, I was led to more classes and moved from a table in the spare bedroom to an outside shed with a table for handbuilding, a potter's wheel for throwing, a rack for drying and a sink for cleaning up. It is in the shed that I would go every day after school to practice and make my pottery. The picture of the planter is one of the very first pieces I made in the spare bedroom. I made it one day after a particular stressful 50 minutes with my 7th period class.
Now the Lord either enjoys a good practical joke or has led me into bigger and better things, but after several years in my little shed, our local clay supplier decided to hang it up. After several discussions with my husband, alot of praying and hand wringing, we decided to open up a business to sell clay and pottery when he shut down. In the beginning (the first 6 months), I thought it'd be no problem teaching, throwing and selling. Boy, was I wrong. It's funny how things work though, because right in the middle of me trying to decide whether or not to give up teaching, we experienced a family crisis which kinda made my mind up for me. I absolutely loved teaching and dealing with the students, but felt that something would be shorted, either the children or the business. It was actually the students that helped come up with the name, "The Land O Voz", the lawyer added the LLC.
So here we are. Our little store is located just south of Morton and north of Polkville, MS. In fact it's right next door to our house. We took some of the pasture away from our two pet horses (we don't ride anymore), added dirt, gravel, and a building, bought inventory, learned "Quickbooks" and opened our doors for business. My favorite part, besides the clay addiction that I seem to have, is meeting and talking to the talented potters/artists that come in.