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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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
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.”
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,