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Get fired up about Milwaukee pottery

One of the most ancient forms of art, pottery continues to be a popular medium among Milwaukeean artists. Earthenware, stoneware and porcelain can all be shaped, fired, and glazed to make bowls, vases, figurines, cups and decorative works. Whether you're looking to make your own dishes or find unique pieces to decorate your home, there are plenty of places around Milwaukee to create or buy pottery.

Nestled in a stone woolen mill dating back from the 19th century, Cedar Creek Pottery (N70 W 6340 Bridge Rd.) in Cedarburg sells a wide variety of pottery works and has been featured in magazines such as Country Living and Midwest Living. A second store, Bridge Road Gallery, contains both pottery and fine crafts. Call (262) 375-1226.

Serving mainly as a gallery space and housing handmade works from more than 20 artists from Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, Lincoln Art Pottery (636 W. Lincoln Ave.) hosts classes every six weeks and occasionally holds pre-made pottery painting sessions. Call (414) 643-1101.

With more than 1,000 sq.-ft. of space, Murray Hill Pottery Works (2458 N. Murray Ave.) represents the work of more than 15 local artists and holds four pottery classes each week. Members pay studio facilities fees. Call (414) 332-8828.

Art Cetera (8667 N. Port Washington Rd.), a paint-your-own-pottery studio, offers classes and is open for walk-in sessions. Call (414) 352-3933.

For art made easy, Time To Kiln (2565 N. Downer Ave.) has a wide variety of cups, boxes, plates, breakfast trays, chip bowls and other functional works ready-made for customers to paint and take home. Unless you're planning to host a party there, you don't need reservations, so it's a great place to run if you're experiencing a sudden jolt of inventiveness. They also have a range of objects for kids to paint. Call (414) 967-4959.

In Walker's Point, the Jean Smaglik Clay Studio (133 W. Pittsburgh Ave.) shelters pottery studios for more than 20 local artists. All studios are open by appointment and two art crawls each year open the studios to the public. Call (414) 225-9110.


OMCreader | Aug. 8, 2005 at 5:21 p.m. (report)

angie said: time to kiln is closed, dont bother

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