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Sandy woman sells pottery, jewelry out of her home

-  Susan Goebel is getting her business off the ground


Susan Goebel, who has lived with her family in Sandy since the mid-1980s, runs Garden Gate Studio, a pottery and jewelry business out of her home.

Goebel began working with pottery in 2000. With her children grown, she decided to come up with an artistic outlet that could make her a little money and enable her to work out of her home.

In the 1960s, Goebel ran an amateur dress shop, selling hippie clothes and jewelry, which she really enjoyed.

Goebel sells her products at a few shops and galleries in Sandy, and has an Etsy.com account to run her business in an online medium.

Goebel’s handmade pieces include pottery cups and pots, handmade pottery beads and pendant jewelry, and her original artist passion: ceramic glassed scarab tiles.

“They’re still my most popular pieces, and what I have the most demand for,” Goebel said. She also makes the tiles with butterflies.

All of Garden Gate’s pieces are made out of Goebel’s home. Her basement is furnished with clay and working tables for shaping and completing pieces. She also has a pottery wheel, but she said her granddaughter is the one who uses it the most.

The rest of Goebel’s family gets into the business as well.

Her husband, Gary, who recently retired from his work at Boeing, does woodworking. Together, they are creating collaborative pieces to add to Garden Gate’s new line. by: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - The jewelry that Goebel sells is handmade and features intricate pottery pendants.

Always hot on her heels as she works is Goebel’s dog, Gizmo.

Goebel is now working on planning her big events of the year. Although she sells her products online and in shops, most of Goebel’s sales occur at her two annual open house studio shows.

She plans to have the first show during the summer and the second in November, just before Christmas.