WAUKESHA - For 10 years, The Potter’s Shop has
been located in downtown Waukesha, but due to growth the store
and studio will move to a larger space about a mile-and-a-half
Owner Vince Muehlbauer said it will be sad to
leave the downtown area, but The Potter’s Shop’s needs outgrew
what the space at 335 W. Main St. could handle.
The business will close at the end of December
and move to the former Cyclesmith location at 1314 S. West Ave.,
close to Sunset Drive.
The new location also offers more parking for
studio members and customers. The supply area of the business
has expanded considerably, Muehlbauer said, necessitating a
warehouse and a forklift. The storefront on Main Street isn’t
able to accommodate either of those needs.
Muehlbauer, who has owned the business for about
four years, said classes will be offered starting the second
week of January in the new location. He hopes to have the doors
of The Potter’s Shop open during the first week of January.
At the end of October, one of The Potter’s Shops
distributors, Standard Ceramic Supply, purchased A.R.T. Studio
Clay Company, Inc., based in Sturtevant. Due to that
acquisition, The Potter’s Shop took over the servicing of
Wisconsin A.R.T. customers.
Ultimately, Muehlbauer said it has been the
close-knit community of potters who use the shop that has really
helped the business to grow. Those potters bring in family and
friends and keep The Potter’s Shop growing.
On West Avenue, The Potter’s Shop will have
expanded class options, bigger classrooms and can host community
workshops. There will also still be a studio member gallery in