lives with her husband, Billy, and two teenage daughters Nikki and Erin in
Chesapeake, VA. As a kid, Shelly’s dad was in the Navy and they lived and
traveled all over the world. She still loves to travel and see new places.
Potters have had turtles, fish, ferrets, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and dozens of
hamsters over the years. Now they have two very loud Siamese cats named Meeko
is the creative one in C. Shells. She can take a silly joke or a phrase
she may have heard and before you know it – she’s written a song.
Cindy keeps waiting to hear a song about the time she walked
around a local mall with many hamsters in a paper bag and asking people
(especially ones with kids in tow) if they would like a free hamster. I
guess that explains why she keeps writing songs about hamsters. A gifted
song-writer, Shelly has found the perfect outlet for her talent.
has been a guitar instructor for over 20 years, starting off at the
“old” Ramblin’ Conrad’s Music shop on Hampton Blvd. in Norfolk.
She taught there for many years, moving whenever the store moved, until
the shop closed in 1993. She is currently teaching at Audio,
Light and Musical, also in Norfolk. She has taught hundreds of
people how to play guitar in styles ranging from folk and bluegrass to
finger-style and blues. She is always looking to expand her guitar
playing and often takes classes and workshops in guitar and has even
gone to guitar camp several summers in a row. She takes great joy in
seeing her student’s progress in their playing. An ardent blues fan,
Shelly can also be found teaching blues guitar workshops at meetings and
festivals for the Natchel Blues
Network where she is also a member of the board.
When she doesn’t have a guitar in her hand she likes to spend
time with her daughters and husband, Billy, biking or going to the beach
or cooking gourmet meals for her friends and loved ones. You’ll also
see her at most concerts and blues festivals in the Hampton Roads area
enjoying the music, because that’s why there is music, to be enjoyed.