HOMEGROWN: Kudzu Pottery

By Adam Amour/Itawamba County Times

Owners: Renae Bennett, Nelda Bell and Kim Waddle
Address: 308 Lin St., Fulton
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Established: 2011
Employees: Three
Primary business: Creation, retail and wholesale of custom pottery.
Web: www.kudzupottery.com
Facebook: Kudzu Pottery
Advice:
‘You have to have faith to own your own business. You have to believe in yourself.’

Kudzu Pottery
When asked why they opened Kudzu Pottery in Fulton, the three close friends and co-owners were quick to point fingers. “It’s all Renae’s fault,” said Kim Waddle, nodding toward Renae Bennett. “She dragged us into it.”
Bennett was quick to set the record straight:
“No,” she replied, “God sent you to me.”
A grinning Nelda Bell agreed.
Located on Lin Street in Fulton, Kudzu Pottery is a retail/wholesale store of handmade pottery. Those hands belong to a trio of affable, jovial friends who enjoy each others’ company so much they decided to spend most of their time together.
Bennett began crafting pottery while nursing a broken leg. The business was born soon after and Bennett’s good friends were asked to be a part of it.
Since opening, their business has enjoyed a slow, but increasing rate of growth. The three of them recently returned from a road trip to the Mississippi Market in Jackson, where they garnered a number of new carriers for their work. According to Bennett, that extra business is great news for three friends who just want to keep working together.


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