What do you do?
Denise Vrecenar

Where do you work and what is your title?
       22nd Street Clay. It is a community clay center, fine craft gallery and my working studio. I am the potter, instructor, marketer, and janitor – you name it and I have the title.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       As an owner, I handle all aspects of a pottery studio, from ordering clay and glazes, throwing pots and firing pots and mixing glazes. In order to provide an environment that brings awareness and passion of ceramic arts to our area, I teach classes, host workshops, offer apprentice opportunities and sell pottery from my fine craft gallery.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       My clay career began 20 years ago while I was raising our kids. Over those years, it has evolved from a co-op studio to a home studio and last year expanded to a commercial location on the Westside!
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       Hanging out my OPEN sign for all those interested in clay to stop in has been fun. There is something very special about those who like to get their hands in mud.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       Having time to just throw pots and more pots!
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       That my job is never done! But wait! I do get to throw pots! Lucky me! Basically, I am a self-taught potter. Over the years, I’ve taken workshops throughout the country from some of my favorite potters. Early on I had the good fortune of working in a co-op pottery setting, which allowed me to work on my craft.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       The basic laid-back feel of the Westside goes hand in hand with those laid-back easy going people working in clay! Thank you, Westside!

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