Hometown Tourist: Sturgeon River Pottery
If you’ve driven around the Petoskey area, chances are you may have spotted this Hometown Tourist destination. Sturgeon River Pottery is an icon along U.S. 31.
Erin and David made a visit this week.
“It’s almost more of a destination in as much as people put it on their list of sights to see and things to do when they’re in and around the Petoskey area,” said Dana Andrews, owner of Sturgeon River Pottery.
Dana’s family started Sturgeon River Pottery 35 years ago and it’s grown into that place to pull over and explore Michigan artistry.
“There’s garden décor, and pottery, and Petoskey stones, and bird feeders and all this huge variety of stuff. They always wish they had stopped in sooner, and they usually become customers for life after that point,” said Andrews.
“It really is exploring here. There’s so much stuff and so many neat things that are hand crafted and colorful and interesting to see,” noted Dana.
You can find the work of artists from right in Petoskey to around the state. Step upstairs into their studio, and you can see some of the artwork thrown into action.
“It’s open for public tours. We usually have somebody working there just about every day and they love showing off the work because it’s made with their hands.
“It’s one of the greatest things about coming here is that people can go to the studio, see things in process, and then go back down into the store and see the final product and put their hands on something they saw being made and met the person,” said Dana.
Find a tile made right upstairs for your backsplash or fireplace, a mug to pour your cup of joe in the morning, or explore their birding section to bring in the spring.
“With spring and flowers, comes birds and color, and people wanting to get outside and spend more time outside and birding is a good hobby and way for people to spend their time,” said Dana.
Around any corner here there’s something to brighten up your home with Michigan flair but, the thing that keeps this store the icon it is, is the dedication to family and Northern Michigan.
“Our families are based here in Northern Michigan, so we do everything we can to support the people, the creative, talented, people of Northern Michigan. We love it,” said Dana.