SHELBY TOOLE

ABOUT SHELBY TOOLE

 

When studying IMC at The University of Mississippi, Shelby Jane Toole enrolled in a ceramics class. She instantly fell in love. As a freshman at the University of Mississippi, she continued to improve, graduating from beginner to advanced over the course of five classes. Under the tutelage of ceramics program head Matt Long, she was pushed to think about what inspired her work. Eventually, she transformed her love affair with making pottery and clay jewelry into her own business, New Albany-based SJ Ceramic Co. The Saltillo native started her business in earnest September 2019, but Toole has made and sold ceramics for years prior to launching. Toole finally created her own home studio this year. As she was debating if she wanted her own space, remain at a community studio or find another space to rent, she realized, with the encouragement of her husband, that she “just needed to take a step of faith.” “It doesn’t have to be picture perfect in the moment. Your dreams, your studio, or your visions for your life, will never be exactly how you plan,” she says. While her studio is not perfect – heat is barely there and air-conditioning is nonexistent – she’s glad she took that first step. “I just really found such a confidence in making pottery,” says Toole. Whether it’s a bridal dinnerware set that will invite people to gather around a table during a meal, building relationships, or a piece that invites conversation, Toole hopes her work invites people to truly connect. “That really is my hope for all my vessels, whether it’s a dinnerware set or a vase,” Toole said. “I just hope it helps people to slow down, take a deep breath and enjoy their life and each other just a little bit more.”

 

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ADDRESS: 126 West Main St. Tupelo, MS 38804

PHONE: 662.205.0351

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