Sarah Van Norman and Hilary Fair met at pottery school in Haliburton in 2013. By fall 2014, Hilary had lured Sarah to her hometown of Stratford to open a studio. In February 2015, the two friends launched FreightHouse Pottery at the Stratford train station (in a neighbourhood that is affectionately known as "the Brooklyn of Stratford").
Their mission statement, "Pottery for the People," was born of a joke between them but, like most jokes, they came to recognize the thread truth it carries. They say, "We aspire to make pretty, cheerful, handmade things. What's more, we aspire to make these pretty, cheerful, handmade things accessible to all people. We hope that everyone who comes into our studio can leave with something that makes them happy, at a price point that works for them."
Image and Biography from their website.