|About||The Potting Shed, Inc. is a small Massachusetts company specializing in hand made pottery that wholesales and retails to the domestic gift industry.|
In 1973, Chotsie Starr, who was already enjoying her ceramics hobby, decided to supplement her collection of original Dedham pottery with self-made reproductions. Chotsie's originality and craftsmanship - to her pleasant surprise - won acclaim from all who saw it. She soon found herself so preoccupied with filling special orders from family and friends that she forgot about her own collection!
The more Chotsie's work was seen, the more her reputation for fine craftmanship grew. In 1975, Chotsie arranged to sell her reproductions through two local retail shops. The demand for her pottery increased dramatically. For Chotsie, this confirmed her secret suspicion that the appeal of Dedham pottery was not only timeless, but also broad-based.
By 1977, Chotsie knew she was on to something bigger than her small ~SI cellar-based hobby could sustain. So, with her sons Chris and Rob and several local artisans, Chotsie founded The Potting Shed. Since starting her adventure over 25 years ago, Chotsie has seen her hobby transformed, first into a small fledgling company, then into a viable, nationally respected enterprise. The customer base that began with two retailers now numbers nearly two thousand! Of course, The Potting Shed outgrew the Starrs' cellar and moved to a roomy old New England factory building in Concord, Massachusetts. The product line has grown from its original selection to over three hundred items, each designed to provide lasting value and enjoyment for its owner. Every year new pieces and new patterns are introduced to keep up with our customers' demands.