History: A Story of Eight Potters
Mostly Clay was started by a group of potters in 1989. Mark Kaelber, Linda Kubick, Susan Schepp, Margie LaTourette,Albert and Ellen Lowry, Ed Roselene and Emily Yee each contributed start up money and worked in the store one day a week. The gallery was originally intended as an outlet for their own work but it has grown and evolved to include many other artist's work in several craft media. The first location was in the Village Gate Square Mall in Rochester New York. In 1994 the store was moved to its present location on Schoen Place in Pittsford New York.
Mostly Clay founders in 1989
Standing: Arleigh Roselene, Bert Lowry, Ed Roselene, Susan Schepp, Margie LaTourette, Mark Kaelber
Sitting: Ellen and Owen Lowry, Linda Kubick, Emily Yee

Susan, Ed, Emily and Margie were all long time members of the Genesee Co-op Pottery on Monroe Avenue where they taught classes and produced their own work for sale at area art festivals and in the Co-op's gallery store. In the summer of 1989, a political dispute with the other members of the non-profit board which oversaw the entire Genesee Co-op building prompted the potters to resign en masse. At the time, it was a devastating blow for the four potters because not only did they lose their communal workspace, but they gave up the operation of a non-profit organization that was dear to their hearts. Between the four potters. they had well over fifty years invested in the stewardship of the Genesee Co-op Pottery. They had helped the pottery grow into a popular, vibrant self-supporting non-profit entity. While most non-profits had their hands out for operating expenses, it was a source of pride for the potters that the Co-op Pottery was able to sustain itself without major outside assistance. The educational mission of the pottery was fulfilled and then some as evidenced by the community pottery classes which were always full. The students benefited and were inspired by the opportunity to work alongside professional potters. Many former Co-op students went on to pursue part-time or full-time careers in the arts including: Hodaka Hasebe, Elisa Root, Jennifer Lapham and Don Prey. A year or so after the Genesee Co-op Pottery closed, it was reborn because of the hard work and determination of former Genesee Co-op potter Mark Lyons. The pottery is now called the Genesee Pottery and currently offers classes, workshops and workspaces for potters.

After leaving the Genesee Co-op Pottery in 1989, The four former Co-op potters joined forces with Bert, Ellen, Mark and Linda to incorporate and open Mostly Clay. Over the years, all of the potters except for current owner Margie LaTourette, left the business to pursue other educational and career opportunities. Ed has received a Masters Degree in Education and has traveled extensively visiting places such as France, Guadalupe and Viet Nam. Susan is working as an elementary school teacher and she continues to make her beautiful porcelain pottery when her busy schedule allows. Bert makes and markets his pottery in his Groveland, NY home and studio.

Mark is working as a self employed mason. Linda has a small pottery studio in her home and gives private pottery lessons there. Emily has "retired" and she travels around the country visiting family and friends. She is active in arts organizations and has won recent awards for her paintings. Ellen has remarried and lives in Caledonia with her husband and her children Owen and Fiona Lowry. Margie operates Mostly clay on her own now. In addition to making pots in her Canandaigua N.Y. studio, Margie makes time for some volunteer work with Canandaigua Youth Soccer and the Woman's Club of Pittsford.



Other Pittsford Attractions:

Area Retailers Area Resources
Naples Creek Leather Village of Pittsford
Muxworthy's Town of Pittsford
Port of Pittsford Gifts Chamber of Commerce
Archipelago Lamps  
Northfield Common Area Restaurants
Northfield Music simply crepes
Beads 'N Things Aladdin's Natural Eatery
The Pedestal Gifts Village Coal Tower Restaurant
The Topiary Florist The DelMonte Lodge
Area Art  
Roselawn Galleries Area Accomodations
Austin Harvard Gallery The DelMonte Lodge
  The Lodge at Woodcliffe
Area Attractions The Edward Harris House
Erie Canal Cruises Clematis Inn
Sam Patch Cruises  


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