WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE OREGON COAST SBDC, NEW OWNER TAKES A TURN AT THE WHEEL OF LOCAL POTTERY INSTITUTION

 

With a combination of innate grit and knowing where to turn when she needs help, Melanie Richardson has become the latest owner of Mossy Creek Pottery, a Lincoln City business that is an important part of the Central Coast’s creative community.

But she’d rather you not call her that.

Melanie Richardson

“I feel like I’m the keeper, not the owner,” Richardson said. “This is a business that’s been here for 45 years; some of our artists have sold their work here for more than 30 years.”

The first step of keepership for Richardson happened in 2014, after she had been working as a sales person at Mossy Creek for about four years. She purchased the rights to the business name, the relationship with the artists that sold their pottery there, and took over the lease of the building.

Three years later she decided to try to buy the building and the stunning six-acre riverside property it sits on, and to grow the business. But for that, Richardson realized she needed some help.

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