AS THE WHEEL TURNS
NEWPORT CITY – On any given day, the sound of soothing music comes from the speakers of a nearby MP3 player and the low hum of a potter’s wheel fills the air. It’s just a typical day for Diana Poulin of Muddy Water’s Pottery on Elm Street.Prior to opening her Elm Street workshop and retail shop six months ago, Poulin rented space from Doug Hamblett off East Main Street.“I decided that I really loved it. It was time to build my own studio, so here I am,” said Poulin. Prior to working with Hamblett, Poulin took classes at numerous pottery studios in the Waterbury-Stowe area. Poulin eventually started her own classes in Newport City. “It turned out really nicely for everybody.”Poulin got her first taste of pottery in college, but got busy and didn’t really get to it until years later. At first, she thought pottery would be a hobby, but it has turned into a full-time job.Poulin teaches beginner and intermediate classes, but doesn’t consider herself an expert.“I learn right along with my students,” she said. “Fortunately, I’ve been able to stay ahead of them.”The hardest and most frustrating thing about pottery is getting beyond the first five classes, Poulin said. It is also not necessary to have an artistic ability and people should not be scared of it.Poulin said there is something about playing with clay. “I think it’s just really fun,” said Poulin.It takes different times to make different products. For example, making a cup is more difficult than making a bowl.Poulin makes products for Jed’s Maple Products. She currently has products at Long Meadow Farms Quilts on the Causeway in Newport City and the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative on Main Street. Poulin would like to build a clientele and encourages people to contact her. She has 80 new pieces about every six weeks.