"we took a private pottery lesson with Patty, one of the two owners. Patty was a joy to work with and clearly, an expert in working with clay. The class was fantastic. My two kids (9 and 12) and I each ended up with a slightly different and very attractive piece of pottery. We had a great time."
"On a whim, I took a beginner class here about 6 years ago and now I can't imagine my life without Lakeside Pottery in it. I'm a perpetual student and love it. I took wheel classes for the first few years and now I'm really enjoying the hand-building classes. Always something new to learn and create. The teachers are fun and so are my fellow classmates. Many of the people I've met here will be friends for life. Lakeside Pottery is a wonderful way to meet new people and learn new ways to create your own art. Just try it - you'll like it! "
"Something for everyone - Lakeside Pottery offers classes for all from the novice to the expert potter. I've created incredible pieces, learned more than I ever imagined, and kicked in my artistic side. Patty and Morty are wonderful, giving, and experts in their field."
"Lakeside Pottery has become my home away from home. A peaceful place to express yourself and to be surrounded by loving and passionate teachers and students. The studio was founded by Morty and Patty who are dedicated not only to pottery but to teaching the joys and freedom of expression it offers creative adults and small children. These gracious and dedicated owners bend over backwards to make every student's experience enriched and wonderful. The studio is beautifully maintained and offers great facilities and fosters a comfortable environment for every level of learning and expression. I came to my first class a complete beginner nervous and worried whether or not I would be able to pick it up but with johns effortless talent of teaching and Patty's magical hands and peaceful tone learning was a joy. I have spent hours and hours in their open studio feeling warm and welcomed...each time leaving inspired and eager to do more. Lakeside pottery has taken me to a new level of creativity that I have been craving and has given me a renewed confidence that even as an adult you can learn something new. As you can see by all of the fantastic reviews this is a SPECIAL one of a kind place that you will never want to leave. Patty,Morty,John THANK YOU!!! you have changed my future and inspired me to keep learning : ) oxoxooxoxo, Betty"
"LAKESIDE POTTERY is an oasis of creativity! The teachers have an amazing ability to teach all levels, to encourage latent talent and to give personal attention to each student. The atmosphere is positive and friendly. I highly recommend this studio to anyone seeking to learn more about the arts of ceramics."
"Lakeside Pottery is superb!! Patty and Morty have established an unbelievable environment for children and adults; whether it's for a birthday party, company work event, one-on-one class or children's after school session, they truly are the BEST! Both Patty and Morty are so talented and creative. And I must say, contrary to another posting, I have NEVER had any issues with re-scheduling nor canceling. They are fair and honest. You have to experience at least one class or just stop by their studio to see the beautiful creatoins."
"My experience with Lakeside Pottery over the past 3 years has been fantastic. I went to the studio in search of a wheel class to rekindle my love of pottery that I discovered in college. I spoke with Morty about registering and he was very helpful in getting me started. Upon starting in class with Jon (who is an awesome instructor), I was hooked! From then on, I took more classes and eventually moved on to independently working in the studio during "studio hours." The studio itself is very neat, clean and well maintained, which can be very challenging for a ceramic studio. Patty and Morty try very hard to keep the dust to a minimum and are very conscientious about the environment in which their students work. Safety is obviously a high priority for them, which I appreciate.
There were always wheels available when I came to use studio time. I never had to wait. The expansive glaze choices they offer (mixed and ready to go for you!) are great, and tested before you use them on your labor of love. There's nothing worse than making a beautiful pot, only to have it ruined by a bad glaze mixture! :( Patty and Morty are especially helpful in making sure that doesn't happen!
The sense of community at Lakeside Pottery is by far their strongest attribute. The warm welcoming feeling I received when I first stopped by was so great. It is a very peaceful, friendly environment. All the students are very nice and respectful of each other and their work. I never had any issues with curious hands to my covered work or damage to my pieces due to carelessness (which I have had happen at other studios.)
"My 2 boys, ages 8 and 10, thoroughly enjoyed their February break camp at Lakeside Pottery. The environment was exciting, the instructor fun and totally professional. In 4 days, the boys got a broad set of pottery experiences - skills they have brought back into their art program at school...they particularly loved working on the wheel! They would do it again in a heart-beat...."
Morty and Patty are just great people, and are truly "in the pottery business" to share the love of art with others. Not only are they each amazingly talented artists, they are both phenomenal teachers. They are committed to nurturing and encouraging their students to grow as artists, which is exactly what they did for me. I will forever be grateful for my experiences at Lakeside Pottery, and (having recently moved out of state) I miss them terribly!! Kristin"
"Fantastic!!! They have created an environment for not only learning, but for growing your creativity as well. Take a class, learn the techniques and tools, and they will support you as you evolve as an artist. A very supportive environment indeed! "
"My Experience at Lakeside Pottery - Getting My Hands Dirty -- This past weekend, I did something I've meant to do for quite some time: I checked out Lakeside Pottery. The last time I tried pottery was about 10 years ago. I took a class through a continuing ed program that was not Stamford's. The instructor had little interest in helping out beginners, so I spent a lot of time poking aimlessly at lumps of clay. A very different experience at Lakeside Pottery, for sure. Instructors Patty and Morty were friendly, encouraging, and very clear in their instructions. I left feeling empowered, energized, and excited to go back. Anne"
"I stumbled upon this incredible place two and a half years ago and haven't left since! The teachers are wonderful and fellow students are warm and interesting. My beginner class became like a little family, in fact, everything about the school and its studio has a kind, caring family feel. My pottery skills have come so far because of what this facility provides...which is everything! The studio is clean and organized, the glazes are beautiful and the kiln turn-around time is quick and efficient. I think the goal of the school is to help everyone to become successful (which carries over into life, by the way!) and they really do an amazing job! Cheryl"
"Lakeside Pottery is an activity that the senior citizens will never forget. Morty & Patty made the seniors feel as if they could create anything and that they did. Morty donated a few times to a group of seniors in the community and Patty made it worth their wild by helping them to relax and enjoy making vases and mugs. The experience to see the age 55-80 year old woman creating something was amazing. Then Morty offer them a reduce price to do a session for 6 weeks. Thank you Morty and Patty for your kind and giving heart of your gifts that you are willing to teach and train others. The Senior Citizen Group is still talking about it and they can't wait to go back to your humble and loving place. Thank you again for helping me to give back to the Senior Citizens and keeping them active. LAKESIDE POTTERY IS AMAZING AND I SUGGEST ANY AND EVERYONE EXPERIENCE IT AT LEAST ONE TIME. Until the next time we meet up keep having the passion and compassion for your CRAFT! kindly Cherry Stephens"
"Lakeside Pottery is a fantastic place whether you are simply curious about pottery, want to expand your skills, or are well established in the craft. I have attended classes at Lakeside over the last four years. There is something to learn each time. Morty and Patty are very generous with expert help, no matter what part of the process you need help with. The other instructors and some of the attendees are the best in their field and also offer their creative ideas and help. Morty is one of the best instructors I have ever had in any subject. He has a unique balance of patience, wisdom, and humor, while simultaneously giving the student space to explore their own ideas. Thanks to Morty, Patty, and everyone else there, Lakeside feels more like a community than just a pottery studio, offering a warm, congenial atmosphere to learn and express, or just have some fun! Tony"
"I've signed up for the beginner class at Lakeside Pottery and enjoyed the entire experience immensely. It has been a great pleasure to learn from people who are as courteous, helpful, and caring as Patty and Morty and their instructors. I loved the experience so much that I've since come in during the open studio hours many times to continue my learning and practice. I now have many great looking clay vessels that I'm proudly displaying at my home. It is a great and wondrous feeling to create art with your own two hands. I am not sure what the issues of the few people whose critical reviews I've read here, but it is my experience that the type of behavior they are writing about is completely out of character for Morty, or ... at Lakeside Pottery and enjoyed the entire experience immensely. It has been a great pleasure to learn from people who are as courteous, helpful, and caring as Patty and Morty and their instructors. I loved the experience so much that I've since come in during the open studio hours many times to continue my learning and practice. I now have many great looking clay vessels that I'm proudly displaying at my home. It is a great and wondrous feeling to create art with your own two hands. I am not sure what the issues of the few people whose critical reviews I've read here, but it is my experience that the type of behavior they are writing about is completely out of character for Morty, or Patty, or any of their staff. As a matter of fact, the studio would not have been as successful and popular as it is if this kind of thing was happening. My experience is that courtesy and professionalism is the hallmark of Lakeside Pottery, and I shall continue to support this wonderful and creative place. Boris"
"Restoring Josefina Aguilar Ceramic Sculpture. We recently had two large clay figures repaired at Lakeside Pottery. They were made by the world famous Mexican Folk Artist Josefina Aguilar. The two figures each 30” high were quite heavy and though professionally packed broke in shipment. The repairs required reconstructing complex shapes that had broken off the figures, adhering them to the body, and painting them to match the original colors. In addition a 10” long hairline stress crack up the back of one figure needed to be stabilized. To reconstruct the broken pieces, Lakeside Pottery used both primitive techniques employed by the artist, and cutting edge technology such as high strength adhesives, fiber and fillers. Using only materials that would not damage the art work, they restored the broken pieces so the repairs were stronger than the original clay construction. All the work was done with great care and expertise and when finished the repairs were invisible to the naked eye and touch. It was a pleasure working with ... We recently had two large clay figures repaired at Lakeside Pottery. They were made by the world famous Mexican Folk Artist Josefina Aguilar. The two figures each 30” high were quite heavy and though professionally packed broke in shipment. The repairs required reconstructing complex shapes that had broken off the figures, adhering them to the body, and painting them to match the original colors. In addition a 10” long hairline stress crack up the back of one figure needed to be stabilized. To reconstruct the broken pieces, Lakeside Pottery used both primitive techniques employed by the artist, and cutting edge technology such as high strength adhesives, fiber and fillers. Using only materials that would not damage the art work, they restored the broken pieces so the repairs were stronger than the original clay construction. All the work was done with great care and expertise and when finished the repairs were invisible to the naked eye and touch. It was a pleasure working with Morty and Patty. From the outset, they explained their process in detail and kept us informed of their progress completing the work on time as promised. If you are looking for a museum-quality ceramic repair, Lakeside Pottery can provide that service. Alan Eliot Goldberg Architect, and Folk Art Collector"
"Commissioned Custommade - Pottery Bird House & Feeder” Good: Patty and Morty took a very personal interest in my project. They have the ability to uniquely balance the vision of the customer with artistic insight and suggestion - their approach is highly collaborative and delivers an extraordinary result!. Bad: There was nothing I did not like. Service, especially communication and updates on the status of my project were excellent. My items arrived in excellent condition and packaged with extreme care. Pricing was very fair and quality was superb.. Improvements: I think more information on commissioned work and easier navigation on the web site would be helpful in bringing this work to more people.. Other: I had a wonderful experience and would recommend this to anyone seeking a unique ceramic creation of any kind. Liz"
"Hi Patty and Morty, I wanted to thank you for the amazing class that our Brownie troop took. I picked up the pottery last week and they turned out beautiful. Additionally, the instructors were incredibly professional and great with the girls. Thank you, Kathy"
"....I want to tell you it was one of the BEST kid parties I have been to. It was incredibly well organized and executed, without being overbearingly “anal”. Rachael was wonderful with the children and I was really impressed all around. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you get more business from the party…the girls all agreed during the party (they are 7,8,9 yo’s) that they were going to Lakeside for camp the whole summer : ) Pam"
"Pathfinders Adventure Camp is a 7 week day camp offered by the City of Stamford that combines traditional camp activities with adventure based offerings. The common thread in all of our activities is that they are experiential in nature. We believe that our campers can learn best and have the most rewarding experience when they are engaged and immersed in their activities. Every summer we look to add new activity offerings that will compliment and diversify our program. In the summer of 2010 we began a partnership with Lakeside Pottery. In our quest to provide our students with a studio based learning experience, Lakeside Pottery proved to be exactly what we were looking for.
Over the past two summers we’ve been sending our campers to the Lakeside Pottery’s studio on Newfield Ave and we’ve gotten great feedback from our campers as well as their parents. The projects that our campers completed allowed them not only to have fun, but also to tap into their creative energy and add their own individual touch. They were able to learn hand building and sculpting techniques as well as glazing. The finished products were impressive to say the least. We are very happy to have a partner like Lakeside Pottery to provide our campers with a fun, hands-on learning opportunity. The experience that Lakeside Pottery and their teaching staff offer our campers is one of many ways that we challenge our campers to explore their potential.
We look forward to working with Lakeside Pottery in future summers. As a camp director I would highly recommend the Lakeside Pottery studio and staff to other summer programs."
"Hi Jon and Andrew (Morty and Patty),