With a little time talent and maybe some lessons from Thomas Hooper, You can transform a blob of clay into a beautiful piece of pottery. He got hooked on making pottery in college and has been busy with it ever since. In 1999 he opened Artyard Studio on Main Street in Williamsville. He Says "I've been throwing pottery since 1982 and teaching since 1987."
Thomas turns out pieces for shows like Allentown Art Festival and retail stores like The Bon-Ton., His Buffalo mugs and plates are always a hit . The Buffalo magnets he started making in 2001 have traveled all over the world. According to Thom "I usually ask people where they're going, one went to Iceland."
He can throw a pot on the wheel in minutes, and then transforms it into a work of art by airbrushing his own glazes. If all that doesn't keep this master potter busy enough, he opens his studio to eager students, offering "date night", advanced classes as well as six week work shops. In July and August he offers Pottery Summer camp for kids.
Thomas says not everyone can become a master potter, but if you don't mind getting dirty "it does become more relaxing."
More info about location and classes at the Artyard Studio website