Kathy Layne Murphy, owner
Macon Mud Clay Studio, 112 Comer Terrace, Payne City, 997-1513, www.maconmud.com
How long have you been in business?: Murphy started her business in 2003. After having an opportunity to attend Savannah College of Art and Design, Murphy said she discovered she “really likes pottery.” She had to leave after a year because her husband became ill, but she “took every ceramic class I could in the (midstate) area and built my portfolio up.”
Murphy said some friends encouraged her to have pottery classes, saying they would bring their friends to help her get started. “It caught on after that.”
What do you like best about your job?: “Well, part of it is the freedom to have a flexible schedule and to do my own art.”
What is your specialty?: “Mostly, I do functional pieces, ... but I really like doing sculpture and totems. ... I use my background in architecture to make ... sinks, tiles and backsplashes.”
She teaches mostly adults who usually have no background in making pottery. They find her through other students or from the website.
What are your future plans?: “Hopefully, to expand and have more teaching space and more students. ... I hope to expand to sell online or through Etsy.”