We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Ireland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Making money to buy more clay! Nancy and I met through a pottery class four years ago and we instantly hit it off. We sat in the back of the class (of only six people) and would sometimes have a little too much fun, which came with some chastising from our instructor. About a year later, a local, once a month Farmers Market started. We went to the first one and saw the potential to sell our wares and signed up to be included at the next event.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the Assistance Vice President of a group of radio stations in Mohave County, AZ. Nancy is retired from the banking industry. My job is very stressful at times so I am extremely thankful that I found an outlet that calms me down. I have dabbled in so many creative ventures such as photography, jewelry making, lapidary, painting, purse making, the list goes on but two things have stuck, ceramics and photography, though the latter has taken a backseat to clay.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s start with the booze! Ok, maybe just the bloody mary’s! Whether there’s vodka in it or not, I love a good bloody mary! There are two places to go in Havasu, Red Onion for breakfast and The Boathouse Grill for lunch or dinner. We have a huge variety of Mexican food in town which is great because we love it! Our favorites are El Mariachi, Dos Amigos, and Bad Miguels for the simple and tasty, to Azul Agave for a more upscale experience. No trip to Havasu is complete without visiting the London Bridge and the English Village. We always like to go in the evening, probably because most people visit us in the summer and it’s rarely below 110 during the day so evening it is! We walk the Bridgewater Channel enjoying the fish, birds and of course, the crazy tourists drinking and dancing their half-naked butts off any time of day. For a quieter experience, we love to go to North or South Mesquite Bay. Both are usually pretty deserted, besides a few fishermen, but I’ve had THE pleasure of seeing javelina and bobcat and numerous birds so it’s pretty serene.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are two people that we would like to thank because if we didn’t have both, we wouldn’t have Village Potters! First, Christine Link of Christine’s Fine Art. I had been friends with her for years and always said if she started pottery classes, I would be there! Enter Linda Gromov. She rented a small space to teach pottery classes out of and I signed up for the first session available! Nancy and I had both taken pottery classes years before and without knowing it, would soon become friends because of the mud!