‘A super-funky store’
Grand opening Saturday of new retail pottery shop in Mukwonago

By Brandon Anderegg - Freeman Staff

Nov. 7, 2017

Green Rabbit Clay Studio owner Jessie Schroeder Voss said being a potter is physically demanding but equally rewarding when she sees the excitement of people walking away with a new piece.
Submitted photo

MUKWONAGO — The Green Rabbit Clay Studio, a new retail pottery shop and clay studio on 611 Main Street in Mukwonago, will open for business on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. said owner Jessie Schroeder Voss.

“It’s going to be a super-funky store with all kinds of usable and affordable ceramic gifts,” said Voss.

Although The Green Rabbit does not offer pottery making classes and is still mostly a production studio, the retail pottery shop has a twist — there will be a glass wall so shoppers can actually see the artistry behind throwing clay.

“It’ll be kind of neat to see all that goes into making pots,” said Voss. “It’s kind of going to be a different experience than anything else around.”

Voss said one of her goals is to provide a unique experience so others may be inspired to throw clay themselves. In fact, Voss said the idea behind having an exposed clay studio came from childhood trips with her family up north.

“My mom would take me to Door County on a potters tour and we would watch potters do their work,” said Voss.

While Voss said she wants people to feel comfortable watching, she also said it’s important for them to know that The Green Rabbit sells a lot of pottery at the wholesale level, which means potters are hard at work. But this is not to discourage people from stopping in. Voss said she wants people to hang out, browse the store or watch potters with absolutely no pressure to purchase anything.

“I think this will be a nice balance,” said Voss. “People can watch, it’ll be very customer-friendly and I can still do what I love.”

The retail portion of The Green Rabbit will not only have original functional and decorative ceramic works but also a variety of complimentary products like organic bars of soap and bath salts. People can expect to find unique wedding and house-warming gifts, said Voss.

Olivia Drayna, a drawer, painter, expert lost-tool-locator and Voss’ number one sidekick, is part of the inspiration for the store’s name. Drayna, who’s been Voss’ helper for the last four years, was nicknamed Little Bunny by her mother. Voss also had that nickname.

But why the color green?

“‘Green Rabbit Clay Studio’ was just kind of goofy but also very personal,” said Voss. “It’s also weird enough that people will go,‘What the heck is a green rabbit?’ And they won’t forget.”

Regular hours for The Green Rabbit will be Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.handmade-dinnerware.com.