Chenango Stories: Perfecting the art of family

Pottery – a fine art, a craft, a profession and a way of life for Bill and Diane Troxell of Oxford.

Bill, always a craftsman and artist, and his wife Diane, who at first had no interest in the arts, have been working side by side and placing a personal touch on their masterpieces for decades.

After moving to the Oxford area in 1982, Diane met Bill and learned what it would take to make a success of Strongstone Pottery, a business venture Bill had created in 1977. He also taught her how to drive a bus, another profession Diane has done for the past 20 years. Diane and Bill, both having children of their own, became a blended family with blended ideas and together created a thriving business.

Diane, with her fine art of scripture carried down a generation from her father, and Bill having studied fine art and carrying the natural instinct and ability of sculpture design, together began their life long journey and opened a world of possibilities. By 1984, the couple was redefining the art of pottery and in 1988 they were wed.

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