Let’s throw it away: Creativity is on the rise at Katie Kelly Studios in Hampton

In the midst of her hilarious scenes with Patrick Suez, the character played by Demi Moore in “Ghost” seems easy to work on Potter’s wheel.

So does Katie Petrovich.

The owner of Katie’s Village Studios in Hampton starts moving the wheel, and in a matter of minutes she builds a high-capacity building.

“I’ve been dropping out since I was in high school,” she said of the development of her specialty, using the old term borrowed from English for pottery processing. No casting included.

Instead, most of the emphasis is placed on the center of the clay as it begins to move, so that it does not end up being removed and expanded.

For the first time, of course, there’s likely to be some confusion, until they get the hang of working the wheel. At this point, the dishes can develop a passion that will satisfy Katie’s visits.

“We have people who have been coming here for five or six years,” Petrovich said. “They come and use the place as they like, with as much or as little help from us as they need.”

She and studio manager Amy Mangis, another longtime potter, are delighted to be bringing together quality and newcomers, looking to drop quality. And for those who do not want to work on a wheel, they are welcome to apply their drawing skills to pre-made pottery sculptures, using a range of available color spectrum.

Beyond the bowl, Katie offers a selection of arts and crafts for people of all ages, such as melon sculpture, canvas painting and glass fusion.

“I feel like it’s very balanced between adults and children coming here, because adults are relaxed,” Petrovich said. “It’s time to compress.”

Residents of Indiana Township had an interest in the arts and crafts, among them the head of the pottery, purchased by three-level valuable ceramic classes at Fox Chapel Area High School.

“I had the first wheel of my pot as a big gift from my parents, and it was all heard from there,” she said.

She continued her education by taking all the ceramic courses offered by the Allegheny County Community College, and eventually she turned to her family business tradition to start her own business.

“I started using my mobile phone outside the house, where I would go to school,” she said. “And then finally everyone was like, where’s your studio? We want to come and see.”

So she opened a 1,200-square-foot space away from her current location in the Allison Park Industrial Complex, off Route 8, originally on the Hampton-Schiller Municipal Line. At nearly three times the size, the current Katie provides enough space for groups to plan vacations or parents to plan their children’s birthdays, or to hone their talents for individuals.

As an unusual offering for art studios, Katie offers a monthly membership that allows artists to work on Potter’s wheels as much as they want. The studio has eight wheels in a dedicated area, and three rear bars equipped with digital controllers to make sure the finished products look just like them.

For now, Katie continues to adhere to the mandatory mask policy, given the cod vaccination situation, mainly on behalf of young viewers who are not yet vaccinated.

In the summer, the Wheel Drop Camp is scheduled for a full week for 10 year olds and adults, with no prior experience required. They will learn all about dropping, trimming, sculpting and glazing, and each week will end with a Thai Friday, perhaps with the possibility of a gift for parents or grandparents who are a dead lover of sugar. The wall is.

The first pieces by Petrovich and Mangis are for sale in the studio, and between their handicrafts and all the arts and crafts produced by the clients, an existing phrase around Katie could be:

Great gift.

For more information, visit www.katiesclaystudio.com.

Harry Funk is the editor of The Tribune-Review News. You can contact Harry at hfunk@triblive.com.

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