Family and friends turned out in numbers last week for the grand opening of Brushfire Pottery at 213 1st. Ave. E. in downtown Oneonta. Center stage with scissors in hand is owner Erin Marsh, flanked by husband and co-owner William (to her right) holding son Tanner, 3. To her left is her father David Calvert, holding her other son Grayson, 1. His wife, Nina is at his side. Proof positive that it’s a family matter, are grandparents Judy and Mack Gilliland on the back row at the far right. Judy donated the kiln.
The basic idea: you decorate or paint an unpainted figurine or “thing” – dish, egg, object, etc. – called a “bisque” piece, chosen from a number of pieces available at reasonable prices, decorate them using paint and other materials provided, and give it back to Brushfire for glazing and firing, then pick it up within about a week. Birthday and group party packages are available, with Brushfire handling all prep and cleanup work. They’ll also help you with ideas or designs. It’s a fun and easy way to create a one-of-a-kind gift. No appointment necessary for individual sessions; two weeks advance notice for a party of several kids or adults.
Hours for now: Mon., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Tues., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m. –5 p.m.; Thurs., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; closed Sunday. Hours may change later, so stay tuned. Oh, one other thing, in case you need a mnemonic device to recall the name. Think “Brush” like you use to paint the bisque, plus “fire” which is what you do with the completed object to complete the work, and there you have it: Brushfire. Voila!