What started out as a pottery studio and a venue for art lessons, with the odd cup of coffee thrown in, Potters Place became the top live entertainment venue in Jeffreys Bay in a short space of time.
Locals are therefore almost in shock that the woman behind it all, Helena Terblanche will be handing over Potters Place tomorrow as the business has been sold.
“I have received a few offers for Potters that I didn’t accept because I wasn’t convinced that the buyer would continue with vibe and style that Potters Place has developed over the years. I needed someone who the artists would trust as well as somebody the Jeffreys Bay community could also trust” said Helena.
“However the right guy has come along and will be carrying on with the Live Shows and will keep the ambience of Potters the same so I made the decision to sell. Marli, my youngest daughter was in Grade One when I started in Stone Lodge and she is now in Matric so the time feels right to start the next phase of my life”.
From humble beginnings 12 years ago, Potters Place has become the Live entertainment venue in Jeffreys Bay. The first artist to perform at Potters was Gert Vlok Nel and soon a stream of top South African artists like Valiant Swart were making their way to Jeffreys Bay to perform at Potters.
“Theuns Jordaan played here before he became famous”, recalls Helena. “He arrived in an old bakkie and carried his own speakers and set up himself”.
As the Live shows became more popular it was clear that Stone Lodge was becoming too small. In 2001 Helena bought the house where Potters Place is situated today. “I made the alterations and put up the roof and the stage. At that stage people were used to bringing their own chairs to watch shows at Potters so Johan Grobler went to the business people in town and got businessmen to sponsor the chairs for the new venue,” said Helena.
“What has been really cool about Potters Place is that artists contact us to come and play here. Many of them are busy touring South Africa and stop off in Jeffreys Bay on their way to their next performance.”
When asked what she is going to be doing with her life after Potters Place, Helena laughed and said that despite the rumours, she is not getting married. “I will probably still be involved with artists and become a promoter for venues around the Eastern Cape. It looks like I will be spending more time in the Langkloof which is where I came from before moving to Jeffreys Bay and will have a studio at the Assegai Bos Lodge near Kareedouw. I will be painting and making pottery and my work will still be sold through Potters Place”.
Jeffreys Bay without Helena just won’t be the same but what she has started and contributed to the town will continue. Potters Place is holding a 40 % sale until 12 PM on 30 September so some early Christmas shopping is definitely the call.
Buy one of Helena’s paintings or something from the unique Indian/Nepal clothing range and don’t leave without a bottle or six of the famous Potters Moerse Lekker Sous.