The Pot Shop – A Cortona Connection

29 Oct

I was curious if there were other Chicagoans who visited Cortona and loved it as much as we do, so last year,  I began to inquire. Our local friends replied, “Don’t you know the people from The Pot Shop?”

Seeing the somewhat quizzical look on my face, they quickly said, “Not that kind of pot – they make ceramic pots!”

And that they do. Meet Dominic, owner and proprietor of The Pot Shop, located in Evanston, just north of Chicago.

©The Pot Shop

©The Pot Shop

Over 40 years ago, Dominic had the opportunity to take one of those throw away electives in college and settled on ceramic pottery. Little did he know it was the beginning of a long and fulfilling career.

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

Today, The Pot Shop is both a studio and a gallery with 19 wheels and 2 kilns for adult and children’s classes.

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

The gallery features Dominic’s pottery, as well as that of various other artists on consignment.

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

Dominic has tuned his craft so well that he has even participated in pottery competitions in Italy.

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

The Pot Shop is also available for private parties. In fact, on my last visit, they were preparing for their first annual fundraiser:PrintThey are making about 200 mugs for this event which will be held on November 15, from 6-9 pm.

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

Buy a mug, get a free beer, and support the Movember Foundation. And yes, we are attending! https://www.facebook.com/events/683628411707498/

Funny how we would have never known about The Pot Shop, nor would we have met Dominic and Julia, had it not been for our friends in Cortona, a mere 5000 miles away! Small world.

Next time you’re looking for a unique gift, or you want to wrap your hands around some clay,

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

stop by The Pot Shop in Evanston. I’m sure glad I did. And tell Dominic Judy sent you!

Ciao,

Judy

 

 

4 Responses to “The Pot Shop – A Cortona Connection”

  1. Connelly, Vincent J. October 29, 2014 at 4:39 PM #

    Didn’t you already run this story?
    Nope, just met Dominic this past winter and took the photos last Thursday.

    _____________________________

    Like

  2. Jean Mathieson October 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM #

    Lovely ceramics. If you find any Cortona/California connections please let me know.

    Like

    • blogginginitaly November 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM #

      Where in California?

      Like

      • Jean Mathieson November 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM #

        Los Angeles – but we are great drivers so anywhere between San Francisco and San Diego is in our area.

        Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: