Release your Inner Artist at a Local Shop

Tess McCourt

Staff Reporter

Bored on campus? Looking for a perfect gift for your other half? With Valentine’s Day right around the

corner, make it yourself!

The Pottery Loft is a one-of-a-kind shop with shelf-lined walls full of pottery ready to be

personalized. Its convenient location on Main street in Westminster across from the library makes the

shop easily accessible to McDaniel students, who also receive a 10% discount after presenting a valid

McDaniel ID.

Katie Pickett, a junior at McDaniel, says, “I love the atmosphere at the Pottery Loft. There is

an artistic atmosphere to the place but not so much that it intimidates those like me who are not

as confident in their creative artistic abilities. It also has a home-like feel to it that makes people


With Valentine’s Day just a week away, the Loft is stocked with heart-shaped boxes, heart-shaped

picture frames, and the usual assortment of mugs, plates, bowls and other more unique pieces.

“The great thing about painting-your-own-pottery is that you can make any item into a special

piece,” comments Scott Schwartz, co-owner of The Pottery Loft.

“Plus there are many display pieces that can be used for inspiration along with hundreds of

stamps, stencils, sponges and specialty paints to make any item a one of a kind masterpiece.”

Along with student discounts, The Pottery Loft offers coupons to its customers through facebook

and displays a list of upcoming events.

Schwartz recommends that students, “Take advantage of special sale days at The Loft like Ladies

Night (Thursday nights) and Date Night (Saturday nights) and receive 20% off your total invoice! Bring

in your favorite snacks and beverages to enjoy while you enjoy the company of your friends, unwind,

and unleash that inner artist!”