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New ceramics shop owner hopes to spark interest in the craft
by Becky Ginos
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Randy Montgomery displays some of the ceramic pieces available in his new shop.
Randy Montgomery displays some of the ceramic pieces available in his new shop.

WOODS CROSS—It seems to be somewhat of a lost art but Randy Montgomery hopes to help people find it again. 

Montgomery recently opened Randy’s Ceramics at 1524 W. 500 South in Woods Cross. “There are no shops in Bountiful anymore,” he said. “There are a few that sell pieces but they don’t have real greenware you can clean, paint and fire. I want to see if there are enough people who remember how to do ceramics so I decided to give it a try.”

The full-time firefighter got interested in the craft back in 1998. “I was going through a divorce and a couple of older ladies lived down the street who did ceramics,” said Montgomery. “I had no life, so I started making things with them. The first piece I did was a racecar. Eventually they sold me their old kiln, then I bought out a store in St. George and brought the equipment up here and bought more equipment from a store in Roy. So I had all this stuff.”

Montgomery’s friend owned an old home on 500 South so he decided to refurbish it into a ceramics shop. “I had to strip the ceiling and repair holes. It took me four months before I could open it,” he said. “So we just started in September. I’m finding that most people don’t know how to use underglazes, acrylics, bisque or greenware so we offer basic classes and have samples to show them.”

Customers can walk away with a finished piece from the class depending on what they use. “If they do acrylics they can complete it but if they use underglaze, that has to be fired.”

Randy’s also offers birthday parties for children. “I have banks in the shape of purses, cars, etc.,” he said. “The kids can paint one and take it home. There is a general sitting fee of $5 that includes all the paints and brushes, but I wave that if you book a party.”

His inventory includes holiday-themed molds, religious figures and much more. “We don’t do pottery here, everything is already cast but I can fire people’s outside pottery pieces.”

Randy’s ceramics is tucked between a car shop and other buildings with a white classic car parked out front so he hopes customers won’t miss it. “We’re open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but we can schedule classes and parties as needed.”

Montgomery’s wife helps out with the shop as well. “I’m a full-time firefighter with Salt Lake City, that’s my main job,” he said. “I wanted to give my wife a job where she could decide when to take a vacation, etc. I had all the equipment and access to this house so it sparked the idea.”

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