A large crowd gathered Tuesday at The Clay Cup, 114 N. Wood St., Neosho, to look at the business and also help welcome Jeff and Donna Jones on their new business venture.

A large crowd gathered Tuesday at The Clay Cup, 114 N. Wood St., Neosho, to look at the business and also help welcome Jeff and Donna Jones on their new business venture.
"This is way more exciting for us, than it is for you, but I do realize that this is kind of exciting for everybody," said Jeff. "I have been doing this (pottery) for about 32 years, and just what we are doing in here is just an extension of what we have done. And when this building came available to us, we just flipped out. When we finally got it, we had plans for what we wanted to do in here. It wasn't just about the coffee, it is not just about the clay, it is about both of those things. Both of us (me and my wife, Donna) had the vision of what we wanted to do back here. I am a production potter, I am a production artist, so I needed a place a studio to do my work, to produce my work."
The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce also held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the business.
"We had plans on what we wanted to do here," he said.
"Our whole plan isn't to move into a community that we think fits us, it is to build a community," he said.
The coffee house is located in the front, where the back area has been converted into a pottery studio.
"I am going to be doing production here regularly during the day, you can pop in and sit at this bar and watch me throw pots just like we were at Silver Dollar City again," he said. "I was in production pottery at SDC until the mid-90s, then I toured the country and the world doing these giant sand sculptures for a number of years. After that, I took a job with McFarlane Toys as one of their staff sculptures, I sculpted the action figure prototypes for the Terminator movies, all of the Matrix movies, Pirates of the Caribbean, Battlestar Galactica, numerous products and licenses like that. But I am born and raised in Neosho, this is my home, this is our home. It just feels good to be back here among my family, and our friends."
Jeff also noted that he will be offering classes in May, but the whole month of April, he is working on a painting for First Community Bank.
Refreshments were served and then the owners talked about their employees and the coffee.
"We have fantastic baristas (who make and serve the coffee)," Donna said.
Jeff added, "let me say something about our baristas, I have said it before, but when this facility closed down for a month or two, the kids had to go get jobs, and when we told them we were opening back, they came back. They gave notice to those placed and came back. We appreciate them, they know what they are doing, they know what they are doing. Say hello to them, have them make you a cup of coffee and tip them well."