Imagine a bridal shower where the guests glaze unique stoneware dishes for the bride. Soft clay spinning under your fingers as you shape a bowl at a pottery lesson. Selecting a gift at a charming showroom of stunning handcrafted pottery. Imagine this studio, tucked into a forest hideaway located halfway between Salem and Rolla. Imagine no more as Fire and Muck Pottery Studio is now open near Lecoma.

Owner Kerry Collins has spent the past two years intensely focused on perfecting her skills as a potter. Her professional career spans decades as a gourmet chef, restaurateur, and culinary arts instructor. She brings her special artistry and passion to her studio, Fire and Muck. She chose the name since “the kiln fires at 2,200 degrees, and if you’ve ever handled wet clay, you know where the muck comes from.”

By appointment, customers can visit her showroom of custom crafted and glazed pieces for sale. She offers pottery lessons; an eight-week course of three hour lessons each week consists of throwing instruction, 25 pounds of clay, and bisque and glaze firing of the finished pieces.

Parties (birthday, bridal, retirement, etc.) of less than eight persons can be arranged as well. “I’m limiting the group to eight in order to give each participant individual attention for the piece they create,” Collins states.

Kerry and her husband Sean are newcomers to the area, having moved here in November from South Carolina. Sean served over 30 years in the Marines, and Kerry has joined the Honoring our Heroes Marathon Board.

“I think it is essential to honor the sacrifice given by the men and women who serve our great country, and also, to give back to the community,” said Kerry. She continues, “our pottery studio is founded upon our faith. ‘Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words’ (Jeremiah 18:2).”

An Open House event will be held Feb. 27.

For more information visit Fire and Muck Pottery Studio on Facebook, email fireandmuckpottery@gmail.com; see fireandmuckpottery.com or call 619-847-2313.