Each Downing Pottery piece is made by me, Sarah D Woodson, with the guiding principle to "celebrate home". My pottery is functional, made to be used, but hopefully just a little bit special. The greatest compliment I receive as a maker, is to hear that a piece of mine has brought joy into someone's day - especially now.
Much of the surface design is about place ... where we are from, where we travel to, where we call home. My ever-growing skyline series of mugs, spoon rests and utensil holders began in the Pacific Northwest, where I'm rooted, but has grown outward. I've learned so much about the cities I've worked on, heard so many stories from customers. I have dropped creative anchor at this intersection of handmade pottery and the power of place, and I intend to stay awhile.
After many years of hustling my way through the maker life of art shows, summer street festivals, wholesale accounts and pop-ups I've now settled into a quieter and more refined practice. I work from a home studio and sell exclusively online through this shop, always trying to find that balance of work and not-work. My clay days are fueled by coffee and podcasts, my days off with good food and long walks along the Salish Sea with my husband and pup.
Over the last few years I've been building more fundraising into my business. 15% of sales on the Orca Cups and Tacoma Pride Mugs in my shop is donated to the Center for Whale Research and Rainbow Center respectively. Last year, with a socially distant pottery sale in my backyard and a few online events, we raised considerable funds for Tacoma Urban League and Nourish Pierce County Food Banks. I was moved by the enthusiastic community engagement in these efforts and look forward to more.
Thank you so much for supporting handmade and shopping small!
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Downing Pottery acknowledges that we live, work and profit on the stolen lands of the Puyallup People. ʔa ti dxʷʔa ti swatxʷixʷtxʷəd ʔə tiiɫ puyaləpabš ʔəsɫaɫaɫlil tul’al tudiʔ tuhaʔkʷ.