MARINETTE — Located at 1215 9th St. in Marinette, Sno-Haven Pottery is poised to begin the new year by offering everything area artists could want in a work space. 

The brand-new studio features 12 pottery wheels and plenty of space for teaching classes or working on solo projects. Owner Marcia Defnet plans to run hand-building and wheel-throwing classes, each running about six to eight weeks in length, approximately three hours of instruction per week. From the start line at the wedging clay station to the finish line in a number of kilns, Defnet has the equipment to bring students the entire way for the sculpting process. 

For those looking to do solo work, there are also work spaces available at the studio for rental by the month. 

Defnet works primarily in white stoneware and porcelain, which give her pieces a clean, unique look and allows her to get creative with painting and glazing the clay. She even hand-carves some pieces, and has a large collection of molds available for ceramic work. Her work has been featured in the Neville Public Museum, Art in the Park, Menominee Area Arts Council and a number of other venues, and is also available for sale at the studio. 

“The colors always show up more vibrantly,” she said of the white stoneware pieces. “That’s why I like working with it.” 

Artistry has always been a part of Defnet’s life, be it working with clay, painting, drawing or jewelry work. 

“She’s good in every media,” said her husband, Donald A. Defnet. 

Creating the studio was a labor of love for Marcia Defnet, after attending a clay conference in Nashville, Tenn. She searched for two years to find the perfect building to renovate, then spent a year and a half renovating it to add in sinks, kilns and art-related equipment and tools. 

“There are not too many of these studios around the nation,” she said. “You don’t find a full-blown studio just anywhere. ... I wanted to have a place where people could come and work and enjoy their own creativity.” 

Sno-Haven Pottery will officially open Jan. 7, and will hold an open house for interested members of the public on Dec. 27 and 28 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Class information and registration will be available at this time, and gift certificates are available by phone at 715-923-7040. 

Defnet is also hoping to branch into local schools’ art programs, and is looking to start an after-school art program for Marinette Middle School students, as the studio is just across the street from the school. 

“We’re pretty excited about being able to open our doors,” Defnet said. “I want to be able to do give them (the students) the tools that they need to continue to advance their own creativity and their own enjoyment.”