Mary Recker (l) helps a customer as she makes her pottery purchase choice. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Mary Recker (l) helps a customer as she makes her pottery purchase choice. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
OTTAWA - This is the fourth holiday season during which Mary Recker has held an open house featuring her home-thrown, home-glazed pottery. Customers, both long-time collectors and new shoppers, entered her Ottawa home on Nov. 29 to see the latest that the potter has to offer in her garage studio.

Recker taught elementary grades at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School for 16 years and in Texas for 23 years. She took up pottery the year before she retired.

"I've been doing pottery since 2006," she said. When asked how long it takes for her to prepare for this annual event, she responds, "Weeks."

Recker's favorite part about making pottery is the process of throwing the pot, cup, or bowl itself. She also enjoys meeting people during shows and events such as her open houses.

"You can tell people who like pottery," she said. "They'll touch it."

In addition to throwing clay on a wheel to form a desired piece, Recker also uses molds. She had a large molded, oyster-shell colored serving platter on display during Friday's open house. It was the first one she had ever done. The piece sold before noon.

All of Recker's works are microwave- and dishwasher-safe. The glazes are lead-free. She describes her pottery as "friendly to today's world". She and a selection of her work will be for sale during the Blanchard River Art Guild open house on Dec. 7 at the Schroeder Center for the Arts in downtown Ottawa.