Five generations of potters meticulously maintain AW Pottery Atlanta's colossal cache of pottery and garden ornaments, flaunting local artisans’ handmade wares alongside hundreds of elegant ceramics imported from China, Malaysia, and Vietnam. They curate an extensive roster of urns, pots, and vases in styles that range from rustic and antique-like to contemporary and colorful. Many pieces are high-heat-fired, imbuing them with enough strength to withstand the elements in outdoor gardens or indoor wind tunnels, and a smattering of ornaments forged from bamboo and metal complement these ceramic, granite, and porcelain accouterments. A partner of the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, AW Pottery Atlanta donates part of its monthly profits in order to support awareness and research efforts.
That Pottery Place Studio?s shelves brim with hundreds of unfinished ceramic pieces, each ready to blossom with a completely unique bouquet of colors and designs. Animal-painted plates sit propped alongside decorative birdbaths, planters, coffee mugs, and owl figurines designed to scare pigeons away from the china hutch. Guests can throw their creativity at these 3D canvases using the studio?s stencils, brushes, sponges, and dozens of glazes. Staff members make the rounds sharing tips on technique and helping sort through idea books with painters during open studio time.
The monogramming mavens at Melrose on Ponce personalize property with embroidered initials, customizable with an array of colors and fonts. Mark your towel territory, or delineate his-and-hers jean overalls, with a single-color, machine-stitched monogram ($12), or emblazon less stitchable material, such as floor mats or pet lap giraffes with a vinyl monogram ($12). Embroidered paraphernalia makes a great gift for baby showers, housewarming parties, or attempts at bribing unscrupulous judges.
Sheepish stuffs its shelves with vibrant fibers, needles, and other knitting supplies, and an amenable staff stands ready to satisfy any and all string-related inquiries. A reasonably priced selection of knitting, crocheting, and weaving products is available for uninitiated and seasoned fiber-wizards alike. Brittany straight needles ($7–$9) send fingers flying through a scarf-sized skein of Cascade 220 wool ($7), and geometrically talented crafters can produce Möbius strip sweatbands by the dozen out of basic cotton yarns ($2.50/ball). Yarn wranglers seeking helpful hemming hints can procure a handy booklet ($6.50), a book brimming with sewing knowledge ($10–$30), or a panoply of premade patterns to guide their hands ($3–$7).
Vintage beads, glass beads, crystal beads, African beads—at The Bead Shoppe, there's no such thing as a "plain" bead. The cozy store populates its shelves and nooks with all kinds of beading essentials, including findings, wires, and other crafting supplies. Although not found in containers or on shelves, advice and inspiration is readily available as well. That holds especially true during the shop's interactive classes, which are offered by appointment throughout the week. For instance, during the basic beading class, students learn the fundamentals of making necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that can be added to jewelry collections or draped around a cactus named Tiffany.