A little more information.

Madison Record article on the closing of 16 Main Gallery.




Wait, what?


Change and I aren’t the best of friends. I like change but I don’t like, like it.

After some careful consideration, prayer, thought, and general back and forth I’ve come to the decision that my time at 16 Main Gallery has come to its end. I’m so incredibly thankful for everything that this place has been to me.  I started out as just some bum kid volunteering to get wheel time to being nurtured and mentored within something that I’ve come to love so very fondly. I wouldn’t be the potter I am without 16 Main. I probably wouldn’t BE a potter without 16 Main.

There are going to be some announcements coming soon, so stay tuned.

This is not the end! I repeat, this is NOT the END! I want to go out big, so please make sure to come out for Thursday (the 26th) night from 5-9pm as we are a part of the Gallery Tour. There will be some yummy food (um, mini Nutella cheesecakes, anyone?) and I’ll be throwing throughout the evening. I promise I won’t splatter you!

For the month of August all of my pottery will be 20% off so as to make the move easier. If you need to set up a time to come in to the Gallery after hours please leave a comment here and I’ll get in contact with you immediately. This reduction will only apply for the month of August and you will have to make the purchase through me at the gallery or online. The best time will be to come in on a Saturday since I’m there all day from 9-5pm. If you are out-of-town/state this deal still applies, but you will have to cover shipping.

Until I get settled and find a new place to work I won’t be able to take custom orders, BUT as soon as I’m situated I will let everyone know in a big way! I LOVE doing this, so sales or no sales I’m still a mud gal.

So…change and I. Not a love thing, but I think I might learn.  🙂

❤ Tisa

Derby Days

Hello my dear ones!

Derby Days is this Saturday, May 5th, from 10am-6pm on the green in downtown Madison. There are going to be several activities going on that are family-friendly and we’ll be selling the lovely derby hats at our gallery.

Hope to see you all out there as it’s going to be a great day!


Pottery and Control Freakery.

…They just don’t get along. I unloaded the glaze fire this evening and had a bit of a giggle when I saw this:

The second butterfly came loose and ended up adhering a little ways down. With the flash you can even see the path it took. 🙂

The new pieces have been uploaded to my pottery Facebook page here: Tisa’s Pieces

All new pieces are at the very bottom, so just scroll on down.

I think making pottery is just another way for me to learn to let go and be okay with the way things turn out. I can’t control everything, and I can’t change what happens in the kiln. My teacher always told me to love what I get when it comes to pottery….runaway butterflies and all.


Botanical Gardens and An Awkward Hello!


I’m SO excited for this show tomorrow. It’ll be the first time my pieces are in any kind of art show so I’m kind of crazy excited. It’s from 9-4 and the gallery has a tent with pieces from all of us. I’m told we’ll be in the meadow, just past the lake. Go say hi and then come say hi to me at 16 Main while I’m working in the gallery tomorrow!

Hello There!

As you can see I am not a camera person! But some times it’s nice to have a face with the words…for the maybe 2 people that read this and don’t know me. 😀




Event Dates and Girly Tendencies.

My friends,

The street construction in front of the gallery has been rather trying. They’ve cut our water lines multiple times, cut the power, crushed the pipes taking water away, and more for the last several months. I’ve watched them stand around or smoke for hours while doing nothing. The building next to us is through private contractors and it’s going up faster than a paving. The positive side of it is that we continue to have students in our classes willing to trudge the graveled path to our door. A simple thank you would not suffice, but I’ll say it any way: Thank you. Truly.

As for me, I’ve taken this opportunity to get a large amount of work done. I really shouldn’t call it work since it’s my creative playtime, but I feel like I should proliferate the illusion nonetheless. It keeps me humble. ;-D

This year the theme of the Botanical Garden art show is butterflies and it just so happens that I’ve been quite explosive in my butterfly making. I’ve extended them past vases now and put them on sponge holders and I’m making magnets out of them. It’s been so fun and sweet. A lady came in to my studio and told me all my pottery was ‘whimsical.’ I smiled in agreement and told her, as I stood there in my clay-splattered apron and jeans, that I save all my most girly tendencies for my pottery. It’s not that I don’t want to be girly…I just err too far on the side of practicality. Perhaps all the flowers and butterflies will manifest themselves on my person in the future.

Pictures of the latest glaze unload are up on my pottery Facebook page: Available Pottery

Scroll to the bottom and you will find all the new goodies!


Now for the upcoming events involving 16 Main:

Botanical Gardens show: Saturday, April 14th. 10am-4pm

Art for Paws on the village green (in front of 16 Main) in d/t Madison: Saturday, April 21st. 9am-4pm

Derby Days on the village green in d/t Madison: Saturday, May 5th. 10am-6pm

Art Stroll on the square in d/t Huntsville: Thursday, May 17th.


‘Til next time my dear ones,



After going through a beginning wheel class I was quasi-mentored for almost a year by another potter. I learned quite a lot during that time but I don’t think you can ever get enough information when it comes to something like this. There are so many different approaches to making pottery.

And then come in the joys of the internet. YouTube, mainly. My two favorite potters are very different. One is English and uses so much water he can flip the piece upside down in the end and let it pour out. The other will throw almost completely with the slip (think really muddy water) made from barely dipping his hand in water.

Potter 1

Potter 2

Their hand placement is completely different…it’s fascinating to me. Throwing off the hump is still something I want to try. I’m grateful for their sharing since I think I’ve learned more from watching videos than anything.  It’s most assuredly not something I could do.

At night, when I can’t sleep, I end up watching pottery videos until I can’t keep my eyes open. I think I’m in love with mud… 😉


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