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Family business celebrates over 30 years of producing handmade pottery

Our Town: Clay in Motion

MILTON-FREEWATER, Wash. - A handmade pottery business in Milton-Freewater is celebrating over 30 years of serving the community.

Corina and Bob Neher met back in high school when they fell in love with both each other and pottery. The two worked out of a studio in their house attending craft shows before eventually getting a deal with QVC.

"One of our unique items is our hand warmer mug.." Corina said. "My husband designed that when he was in high school and that happens to be our best selling item."

Then, in 1981, the pair decided to open up their own pottery business called Clay in Motion. The store was originally located in the Walla Walla airport but then moved to its Milton-Freewater location for more space.

The new location has three separate areas for customers to enjoy.

Clay in Motion is the production facility where people can walk through and see the different kinds of pottery being made by all the workers.

Art in Motion is the gift shop Corina supplies herself all with Made in the USA products and other things she finds at gift shows.

Lastly, Espresso in Motion is a coffee shop customers can get a hot drink from before they walk around or just sit back and enjoy it.

Corina and Bob's two sons grew up watching their artistic parents always working on projects. Now, the two men also work at the store and will one day run the business together.

Jeff, along with his brother Derek, said he enjoys when people tell him they've seen the products all across the country. He hopes to keep the shop open for decades more to come.

"We would love to just continue the tradition of making handmade American pottery that's functional, beautiful and at a reasonable price," Jeff said.

Clay in Motion is located at 85301 OR-11. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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