Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience by removing the local economy’s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
The word "rokuro" means "potter's wheel" in Japanese, and it is absolutely essential for any ceramic artist's vocabulary. It's not just a tool but a symbol that represents the cyclical nature of life and a person's ability to shape their surroundings into something beautiful. And Andrew Jacoff's Rokuro Pottery is a place where students can sit before the wheel and learn how to shape their own piece of stoneware clay art.
Jacoff is an accomplished potter with an art degree from Skidmore College, and his own pieces have been featured in many high-profile galleries. His aesthetic range touches on everything from classic Japanese design to modern chic.
During lessons at Rokuro Pottery, he stresses craftsmanship and attention to detail to students of all ages. With Jacoff as their guide during one-on-one lessons, they learn to throw the hump, build pieces on the rokuro, add texture to surfaces, and fire their own creations in the glaze kiln. In addition to making their own bowls and vases, art lovers can purchase one of Jacoff's pieces.