Back in 1972, while on an extended tour of Europe, Ron and Rusty Kurenda were leisurely strolling through the historic German city of Freiburg in the heart of Bavaria. As they crossed a small canal near an ancient cathedral, little did they realize they would literally cross into their future. For within a few steps of the canal the Kurendas came upon a delightful little shop. There in the store window was a potter’s wheel. This was their moment of epiphany. For in that instant they both “knew” what they wanted to do for the rest of their working lives.
Upon returning to Canada some months later, Ron and Rusty bought a wheel and a kiln, then went to work learning the pottery craft. It was not until the fall of 1972 that Rusty was able to take “throwing” lessons and later taught Ron to throw on the potter’s wheel. The following summer she was fortunate to attend the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts in Fort Qu’Appelle and take classes instructed by well respected Saskatchewan potters Folmer Hanson and the late David Ross.
Starting to implement plans one by one, the Kurendas continued to forge ahead on a shoe string budget. By late winter that year, they were able to locate a studio and retail space. Then on February 28th, 1974 Prairie Pottery opened it’s doors for the first time. Located in the basement of the historic old York Building at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 23rd Street, in downtown Saskatoon, the shop occupied only about 480 square feet and was comprised of a tiny but efficient studio and even smaller retail sales area.
Prairie Pottery offers an unparalleled selection of thousands and thousands of incredibly lovely pieces of pottery. You can view some of them on this website by clicking onto the Web Site Photo Gallery shown on the tool bar at the top of our home page.