By: Susan Erler | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: July 2010
Leslie Cohen fell in love with Polish pottery the moment she saw it, and now owns her own store in Claremore, The Pottery Cottage.
Looking for something unique yet functional? Something beautiful yet durable? Something that looks like it could be a family heirloom yet is able to stand up to the microwave? Then you need to make a trip to The Pottery Cottage! Filled with handmade stoneware, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular places in town. The Pottery Cottage recently opened its doors in downtown Claremore. Located just off Main Street at 106 S. Cherokee St. (next door to the Masonic Lodge), it is a quaint and inviting location reflecting perfectly the atmosphere you will find inside.
Owner Leslie Cohen began selling Polish stoneware by chance. She learned to love the beauty and quality of the pottery while she lived in Germany with her husband, who was in the military. It was there that she researched and learned everything she could about her new interest, and found out that there are nine major factories creating stoneware in Poland. Each generates different patterns and levels of quality in their products. “I just fell in love with the designs, colors and patterns,” she explains. When she returned to the states, her hobby followed.
For some time, she continued sharing her passion by selling items from her home. It was because of the encouragement she received from her customers that she finally decided to look into having an actual storefront. “I looked around and finally found the perfect spot for my business,” explains Leslie. “It is the perfect size and location for me!” Therefore, The Pottery Cottage was born.
Polish pottery is different from many others in several ways. One of the most important is that it is a completely safe product. “Some pottery from other countries contains lead in their glaze,” says Leslie. “In Poland, however, they have the same safety standards as here in the states, so no one has to worry about lead in the glaze of any of my products.”
Although there are hundreds of patterns to choose from, Leslie showcases exactly how easy it is to mix and match all of the items available. “When you see the pottery, you will see that the signature color for the collection is cobalt blue. But, there are other colors as well. The fun part is that each pattern and all of the colors mix and match beautifully. You can’t make a wrong choice!”
Leslie is proud to offer all firsthand, high-quality products. There are no seconds offered in her store. She has been pleased to hear the many positive comments from her customers. Many say that purchasing Polish pottery becomes an addiction. “They come in and buy one piece for a friend as a gift,” she laughs. “Soon they are back buying something for themselves, and it just keeps going. Before they know it, they have their own collection!”
The pieces are functional as well as beautiful too. They are dishwasher safe, freezer safe, oven safe and microwave safe. It just doesn’t get any easier than that!
July hours for the shop are Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you can always call and make an appointment. “I do schedule special private appointments for women’s clubs or wedding parties,” says Leslie. “I serve tea or coffee and cookies, and we have a great time.”
Leslie has the ability to do special orders when necessary and can get them in store as quickly as two to three weeks. If she needs to get the items directly from the factory in Poland, it can take up to four to six weeks. But, she says, the wait is well worth it. “Once you try my pottery, you will be convinced,” she states. “It is extremely durable, but the best quality is that you won’t find it everywhere. If you like things that are unique, you will love what we have to offer!”