The Mad Potter Paint-your-own-Pottery Studio was founded in April 1998, with its first studio in the River Oaks Shopping center on West Gray. It was opened with the intention of not only catering to the families and schools in the area, but also to the corporate businesses of downtown. By adding the sales of Wine and Beer to the paint-your-own-pottery concept, The Mad Potter now appealed to adults, as well as children. The combo proved to be an instant hit. In the initial fledgling year, every one of Houston’s major law firms had booked a recruiting event for their summer associates. By the fall of 1999, Mad Potter “West” was opened on Woodway/Voss. Miss McCord followed this up in 2002 with another location in the Meyerland/Bellaire area.
The Mad Potter’s mission is to provide a fun and creative place for families, friends and co-workers of all artistic levels to come and paint pottery. In order for our customers to achieve our overall goal for them, both great memories and masterpieces, we strive to provide the best customer service through offering a vast selection of wonderful pottery pieces, design tools and idea images. We also offer amazing artistic consulting, whether it is for a single individual, an exciting and joy-filled birthday party of 20, or a team building corporate party of 90, our aim is to make sure everyone leaves with a smile on their face proud of what they have accomplished and filled with the enduring memories of creating their masterpiece.
Each Mad Potter is run by a highly talented studio manager. Please do not hesitate to contact them with questions. They are excellent at party planning, taking custom artwork orders, designing benches, brainstorming projects for auctions and special occasions and planning off-site painting events.
ABOUT THE OWNER
Having grown up battling dyslexia, Meredith used art as a tool to communication and still today sees the value of art therapy, no matter the age or level of artistic talent. “I love what I do,” Meredith says. “There’s an inherent joy that comes when people enable your business and you to share in their everyday lives. I’ve had the opportunity to celebrate birthdays from 1 to 100, host parties where four generations have gathered to paint, assisted a child as she painted an urn for the family dog that had just passed, consulted with a young man on his “Will you marry me?” dessert plate; visited hospitals to footprint newborns in their first hours of life, and have even shed tears with those who lost loved ones when they invited us to come to the funeral so that friends and families could paint tiles to remember them by. Whether celebrating a new life, another year or a new chapter, or honoring lives that have ended, I feel privileged to be able to have been a small part of it.”
Miss McCord shares the same intensity of passion with her missionary endeavors. As busy as The Mad Potter keeps her, Meredith makes a point of setting aside time for another calling: Spreading God’s light and love to orphans in Russia, Africa, and Central America. For the past thirteen years, Meredith has worked with orphans in St. Petersburg, Russia. Having started with them as young children, she and her family continue to return every year to see the same “young adults” and encourage them in their careers and educational pursuits. For the last 6 years she has also led teams to South Africa and Zambia to minister to children orphaned and affected by the HIV pandemic. Meredith has partnered numerous times with Living Water International to drill clean water wells in the rural villages of El Salvador while teaching health, hygiene and the gospel to women and children. Meredith gives thanks for all her amazing staff and customers for providing her the time and ability to go and serve those in need.