Pump House Pottery
1. How long have you been creating your ceramics?
I have been working with mud on and off for over 20 years now.
2. How did you get started?
My sister was the one who got me started. She went to a local school who ran classes and seemed to like it. So what is a little sister to do but go to my local community college and do the same. I liked it so much I was hooked.
3. What is your greatest inspiration?
I take inspiration from anywhere. I might see something in a flower that would make a good shape for a vase or I might see the shape of a persons figure that could do the same. It’s about paying attention.
4. What is the greatest challenge to owning and operating your own business?
The cheap imports that you can get and trying to convince people that yes you can get a mug for $2 at Kmart but what are you really buying. When you buy something from me you are getting a one off piece that is made with especially you in mind, that no-one else has. A truly unique work of art that has taken 20 plus years of experience to create.
5. What is the best thing about owning your own creative business?
Getting to do something I love doing. Making a piece of pottery from nothing but mud is very satisfying. You actually take something that can wash away in water and make it into a thing of beauty that will last forever. And hopefully people will love it as much as I do and often they do which is a great bonus.
Hi I'm Leona Stevens of Pump House Pottery located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Pump House Pottery is a quirky, imaginative and slightly mad pottery studio aimed at providing local hand made ceramic pieces, including jewellery, instruments and anything else that our valued customers might enjoy.
We view ourselves as partners with our customers, our community and our environment. We will always try and source our materials from local suppliers.
As the sole potter I keep my trusty four legged side kick Ziggy Stardust with me at all times.