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‘Betty Blu Pottery’ throws a new name on the wheel

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By Michelle Hughes

Almost resembling the famous scene from the movie “Ghost,” Betty Goodall sits behind her pottery wheel with steady hands and creates something beautiful out of an ordinary piece of clay.

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Betty is the owner of the newly named pottery shop called “Betty Blu Pottery,” located on Main Street in Taylorsville.
The shop has actually been in business for about five years but has recently been renamed.
“My brother owns a pottery business in North Carolina that shared the same name as my shop, Goodall’s Pottery,” Betty said. “He recently added a website and I thought if I wanted to have a website, too, then I would have to change the name.”
The new name “Betty Blu Pottery” came to life when her sister–in-law mentioned hearing it on a TV show and Betty said, “It had a nice ring to it.”
Not wanting her customers to think she only had blue pottery, she decided to drop the “e.” She also rents a space at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville. Her business hours there are Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Betty’s love for pottery began several years ago when she went to work for her sister, Joan Smith, at her concrete business at T&R Antiques.
Shortly after, she began taking art classes such as glass blowing and pottery.
“After my first pottery class I went out and bought a wheel. I loved it,” she said.  
Betty continued taking classes as well as participating as an instructional assistant.
She then opened up her own place right next door to her sister’s antique shop.
“I wanted to make a living with clay,” she said.
Betty Blu is currently open to purchase finished pieces on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“I gave lessons here until I had a motorcycle accident and spent nine days in the hospital and several weeks in a nursing home,” Betty said. She doesn’t anticipate teaching again in the future.
When inquiring about the best and worst parts of owning her own business, Betty gave great insight — “It’s great because I love what I do.  I love being able to throw (a term used in pottery meaning to put clay on the wheel and shape it) and I love to talk to people about it when they come into the shop.”
She admits that there are still some tough days. The worst part, she says, is when her glazes run in the kiln and her pieces are destroyed.  
Her advice to anyone else wanting to start a business of their own is to love it.
“Do something that you love to do, she said. “Life is too short to do something you hate.”
 

Owner: Betty Goodall
Address: 40 E. Main St.
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Number of employees: 1
In business: 5 years (formerly Goodall’s Pottery)
Primary business: Retail pottery pieces
Phone: 502-338-8530
Facebook: Betty Blu Pottery
Price range: $10 to $300
Most popular items: Yarn bowls and mugs