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New creation: a clay pot coming along on a wheel at Endless Creations Pottery & Mosaic Studio in Hamilton. The studio took delivery of pottery wheels in January (Photograph by Jessie Moniz Hardy)

There was a rush of interest when Doris Wade ordered pottery wheels for her new studio in Hamilton.

“Are they here yet; are they here yet?” was the general refrain from her clients at Endless Creations Pottery & Mosaic Studio.

She received 110 messages on Facebook asking about it.

“With the potter’s wheel, you can make your own pottery,” Ms Wade explained. “You can throw the clay and make cylinders and make plates and stuff.”

Until the wheels arrived in January, her clients were limited to painting precast shapes.

“With the wheel, you get to experience the whole pottery feeling from beginning to end, or even hand build,” she said.

But the premades — suns, dogs, cats and mermaids, are still available to paint.

Ms Wade thinks part of the interest in the potter’s wheel stems from the sensual scene involving a potter’s wheel in the 1990 film Ghost starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.

“Everyone relates it to the movie,” she said.

Couples used the wheels during a date night she held to celebrate Valentine’s Day last month.

“Some of the couples really did make some awesome stuff,” she said.

She opened Endless Creations last year after taking a six-year hiatus from pottery. She closed her business, X-Clusive Pottery in 2012, due to a combination of factors. The economy was soft, and the stress from trying to make a go of it was causing her health problems.

She has lupus, a disease in which the immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks healthy tissues.

“I was in remission, but I am no longer” she said. “I still have challenges up until today.”

But she said the pottery studio gives her something to focus on.

“I am not coming to work, I am coming to the pottery,” she said. “I feel blessed to wake up and be able to do what I do, on my own.”

Her studios have been in different places over the years, but she thinks the current location is the best yet.

There aren’t too many steps for moms with strollers, or senior citizens to manage, and sometimes people wander over from the Cavendish parking lot across the street to have a look around.

“A lady came in and saw the palettes and said, ‘oh, does Doris own this?’,” she said.

The lady had recognised the colourful furnishings from Ms Wade’s previous location.

“It still has those touches that have moved with me from place to place,” she said. “I like to give it that arty feeling.”

Her studio is open to walk-ins from 10am to 8pm. During the day, things are often quiet, but tend to pick up after 2pm with people wanting to throw pottery on the wheel or sit down and paint a premade piece with friends.

The studio has a beautiful view of Hamilton Harbour.

“I’m calling it art therapy now,” Ms Wade said. “We have some people who sit down next to the window, see the view and say they don’t want to leave.”

She used some of the years she took a break from the studio to further her education, studying pottery and other art at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

“I did a course of altered form which included the potter’s wheel which is why I have introduced it now,” she said.

This time around, she is trying to use social media a lot more. She is also trying to stay on top of art trends by offering classes in things like acrylic pouring. This is when artists combine acrylic paint with certain other chemicals, then pour it over canvas for artistic effect.

“That has become more appreciated than I thought,” she said. “I have corporate groups that want to do acrylic pouring. I have groups that get together monthly. I have people who send me e-mails who have five people who want to do it.

Reservations are required for the acrylic pouring because it takes some prep work on Ms Wade’s part. It’s a messy endeavour, so carpets and tables have to be carefully covered first.

For more information call 295-2529, email endlesscreationspottery@hotmail.com or see endlesscreationsbda.com

New Creation: Doris Wade making a clay pot on a pottery wheel at Endless Creations Pottery & Mosaic Studio in Hamilton. The studio took delivery of pottery wheels in January (Photograph by Jessie Moniz Hardy)
Joy of creativity: Doris Wade painting premade pottery at Endless Creations Pottery & Mosaic Studio in Hamilton (Photograph by Jessie Moniz Hardy)