Pewabic Pottery (Detroit)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

Pewabic Pottery is a neat little stop if your group enjoys arts and crafts.  Part art gallery, part store, part studio and part museum, this is a great place to learn about the art of pottery making and how the city of Detroit inspired some of Pewabic's historical work.  This studio has been working continuously since 1903 and is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

Walking around the gallery, we really enjoyed looking around at the artwork done by the students who come to  learn the craft here at the studio.  The shop is also a wonderful place to pick up a truly unique and original souvenir.

As a parent, this stop was memorable for me and not in the best of ways.  My 13yr. old daughter, Lilia, in the throes of puberty, decided to have an absolute and complete meltdown, embarrassing herself and me in the process.  She screamed and yelled and had everyone turning around curious to see what the commotion was all about.  I got some looks of scorn for being unable to control my child, and some looks of pity from other mom's who knew exactly how I was feeling....powerless and mortified.   Sometimes you just have to remain calm until the raging tide of hormones subsides-I walked her outside and let her have her screaming fit holding back my own tears. I remember a kindly security guard who came over and gave me some wonderful words of encouragement making sure I understood that this was temporary and no reflection about what my daughter really felt about me.  He definitely gave me clarity and helped me understand what was happening.

Earlier inside the shop  I had bought a little tile piece shaped like a turtle.  Every time I look at it, I am reminded of that moment where I just wanted to curl up and hide in my own shell…Kids.


  1. Jill Patterson says:

    My partner is from Michigan, so we have gone back several times to visit family. I’ve never spent time in Detroit, so I think it will be a stop on our next visit.

    And there are plenty of other places to visit in Michigan! It is a beautiful state. Mackinac Island, the home of fudge, can be a day trip or an overnight. Hartwick Pines, the last old growth forest in Michigan, is a great place to spend a few hours walking through the trees AND seeing the history of logging, just as important in its age as the auto industry is now. The Upper Peninsula is a world of its own. Tahquamenon Falls State Park has the best waterfalls. You can visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. The Soo Locks at Sault St. Marie introduce the importance of the Great Lakes as a transportation hub.

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park blew me away–I thought the Death Valley was the place for sand dunes, but this rivals that and spectacularly looks over Lake Michigan. I could continue…there is just so much to see in Michigan!

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