Published: September 27, 2023
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Scroll through Pottery West’s Instagram feed, and you’ll see post after post showing the process of making each handcrafted piece, and the story behind it. Though their audience spans gender, age, and location, Matt and Catherine West understand that everyone has a common interest in handmade items.
Matt and Catherine both pursued creative degrees. After graduation, Matt worked as a baker, and Catherine as a marketing and communications professional. They combined their love of the culinary arts, creativity, marketing experience, and desire to work with their hands, and founded Sheffield, England’s Pottery West in 2015.
They began as part-time pottery makers, but their passion and dedication to the craft inspired them to make it a full-time endeavor. Matt says, “Once we started making pots, it became obvious that we wanted this to become our career, and so the business very quickly followed. We started going to fairs and setting up a website, and very organically the business grew from there.”