In October and November we’ll be introducing you to our staff! First up is Kris Broadley our Production Potter. He does a lot of the potting (pouring and throwing) and keeps our equipment running smoothly. I’ve been working with Kris for over a year now, but I discovered new things about him during our interview which was great. Hope you have fun learning more about Kris, too!
Rachel: You haven’t always lived in Wichita, right? Where would you say you’re from?
Kris: I was born in California and I lived in Los Angeles for about 9-10 years. Then we moved to Pennsylvania and lived on a camp for a couple years. Then I moved here to Wichita my freshman year of high school and I’ve been here ever since. I guess I’d say I’m from Pennsylvania, but that’s not what it says on the birth certificate.
R: That’s interesting because you lived in Pennsylvania the smallest amount of time. Was it the most formative place for you?
K: I enjoyed my time there much more than in the big city of Los Angeles and saying I’m from Wichita wouldn’t make sense because I’m obviously not. So, Pennsylvania’s the spot.
R: Cool! What were your main interests growing up?
K: I did a lot of reading. So my interests were reading, climbing trees, and doing outdoorsy stuff, which is why I liked living in Pennsylvania a lot more than California. There were mountains and forests; you could walk for hours and not run into anything.
R: What kind of camp did you live at?
K: It was a Christian camp run by World Impact. It was a camp where anyone who wanted to could reserve it for different events, but for three weeks in the summer and one week in the winter there were special events for people from the inner city who would come out and live there for a week. Closer to the end of my time there, when I was older, I would lead people on boating trips out to the lake and hiking trips along the paths.
R: That’s awesome! This is fun; I didn’t know all these things about you. So when did you first learn about pottery or start doing pottery?
K: I remember the very first time I did pottery. We were at a reenactment of some French and Indian War battle and there was a guy in the little village area who had a pottery thing. He let me sit down and I tried to make something tall. Eventually I made the walls too thin and it just broke. But, I remember really enjoying that. When Meme started having pottery classes at the church I signed up- that was like five years later. She started teaching me pottery and I just kept doing it. I took a pottery class at Wichita State University, as well.
R: When you started, was the pottery class for people at Church of the Savior* or a Legacy Camp class?
K: It was mainly just Kiana and myself. Kiana is my sister for the audience that doesn’t know. I’m sure other people could have done it if they wanted to, but we were the people who showed up most often.
R: What’s your favorite part of working for Legacy PotteryWorks?
K: That’s a good question. There’s a lot that’s good and a lot that’s not super easy.
R: Yep! That’s for sure.
K: I would say I enjoy working on projects that people custom order, like making teapots and serving bowls. Right now I’m really enjoying making a nativity set.
R: So the nativity set is made by pouring and the teapots and bowls are hand thrown, right?
K: Yep. I do like hand throwing the most, but sanding the poured greenware is also relaxing.
R: Do you have any current hobbies or ways you like to spend your time?
K: I’m currently spending a lot of my time working. I have three or four different jobs right now. Besides working for PotteryWorks, I’m one of the maintenance workers at Church of the Savior, I work on and off with a construction/remodeling person, and I do a lot of odd jobs revolving around manual labor and sanding wood floors. I also really enjoy doing Ultimate Frisbee; I’m a coach for a high school team and I’m also on the Wichita club team.
R: Do you still climb trees?
K: When I get the chance! I actually did a couple days ago.
R: That’s great! Do you have a favorite thing to throw?
K: Frisbees! No, I like to shape mugs. They are the most important to shape just right because you’re going to have your mouth on it; you’re going to feel the shape of the lip and it’s got to be just right. I like throwing mugs.
R: I like mugs too. Even though it’s kind of tedious to pull a handle and put it on, it’s really relaxing to me. And I like to see it all finished. This is a random one, but what’s your favorite food?
K: Favorite food? Hmm. I really like just about anything you can make with potatoes. I like to experiment with different stuff. So potato-type meals are delicious.
R: Nice! Lastly, do you have any future goals or aspirations?
K: Well, I would eventually like to go back to college. But who knows when that will happen, or why or where that will happen. I think I would enjoy college and I would also enjoy the kind of work I could get with a specific education or degree. The first time I went to college I went just because that’s what everyone does after high school, but I didn’t finish. I realized I was not “everybody.”
R: Thanks Kris!
You can find many of Kris’ hand thrown bowls in our etsy shop.
*Church of the Savior is the church that helped start Legacy Ministries in Wichita. Many people on staff with Legacy Ministries attend Church of the Savior.