My mother first took me to Pewabic Pottery when I was a child. Returning today, I found it as fascinating as ever.
The historic Tudor Revival building that houses Pewabic on Jefferson is now a classroom, showroom, working studio, museum and store. Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 by Mary Chase Perry Stratton, with her partner Horace Caulkins, and was originally located in a stable on Alfred Street. He was the developer of the Revelation Kiln and their partnership occurred at the height of the Arts & Crafts movement in the United States.
Most visitors to the city will be drawn by the store, it's the ideal place to take home a piece of Detroit history and art that is also a wonderful collector's piece. However, year-round Pewabic also very involved in the city's art culture educating children and adults alike both in current and historical methods of pottery and art.
A small museum on the second floor has a wonderful permanent exhibit telling the full story of Mary Chase Perry Stratton, and two gallery rooms feature a revolving collection of artists accomplished in the craft of pottery.
Self-guided tours are free, and it's a wonderful destination for children and adults of all ages—just beware with small children as the store features delicate items.