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Laya Hutchinson opened the first Pottery Place studio in Huntington in 2009. Laya Hutchinson opened the first Pottery Place studio in Huntington in 2009.
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By JAMES E. CASTO

For The State Journal

The Pottery Place has opened a new studio at the Southridge Shopping Center at 2824 Mountaineer Blvd. in South Charleston.

The new studio is the fourth location for the paint-your-own pottery business. A grand opening celebration is scheduled from 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 13 and will feature a free tile-painting opportunity. 

"Here's how Pottery Place works," explained owner Laya Hutchinson. "We sell a variety of ceramic items to paint — ranging from mugs and bowls to platters and piggy banks. Customers come in, select an item, pick the colors and the design they want to use or they can do their own design. When they've finished painting their object, we take care of firing it in the kiln and it's ready for the customer to return and pick up in five to seven days." 

"We opened our first studio in September 2009, and by that December it was very obvious we had outgrown that small space," said Hutchinson. "So we took a leap of faith and moved to Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. That was in June of 2010. We've been growing ever since."

That growth has seen the opening of additional locations in Ashland, Ky., at 394 Diederich Blvd., in Beckley at 104 Galleria Plaza and now in South Charleston.

The studio offers customers more than 300 ceramic items to choose from.

"I consider what we do entertainment, I don't consider it retail," says Hutchinson. "In a retail environment, you come in, choose what you want, purchase it and walk out the door. That's not what happens here. This is a space to come and create. Whether a 5-year-old comes in to pick up a piece that they've made or a 50-year-old comes in, their reaction is the same: ‘Wow, I made this.' Let me tell you, that's so rewarding."

The Pottery Place locations are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.