By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: May 2011
Leslie Cohen, owner of The Pottery Cottage, with a large Polish pottery serving bowl, which makes a perfect gift for any occasion.
May brings Mother’s Day and graduation season upon us, and June, with its summer weddings, is not far behind. All of these landmark occasions are the perfect opportunity to set new traditions into motion. If you are looking for the perfect gift for that mother, graduate or young couple on your list, you will want to visit The Pottery Cottage, Claremore’s home for unique Polish pottery.
Polish pottery makes a wonderful gift for anyone starting to feather their own nest. With its bright contrast of color against white, it makes a lovely statement in the kitchen, as well as throughout other parts of the home. Leslie Cohen, owner of The Pottery Cottage, points to the functionality of the pieces as one of the reasons they make such great gifts. “The serving bowls, for instance, can be used for so many things,” she says. “You can bake or cook in them, and they can be taken straight from the microwave or oven to your table, and then rinsed and put into the dishwasher.” But this is just one item among many at The Pottery Cottage; you’ll find casserole dishes, soup bowls, butter dishes, pitchers, ramekins, plates, collectibles, and much more.
Leslie, who ran The Pottery Cottage from her home for three years before moving the store to its present location a year ago in June, reports that her biggest sales come from those seeking wedding gifts. “People like to give Polish pottery as wedding gifts because it’s something unique that you cannot just get anywhere,” she explains. Leslie points out several items that would be appreciated by couples preparing for upcoming nuptials: place settings with varied size plates and bowls, household decorations like wall crosses, candle holders, and vases, and bath items like soap dishes and toothbrush holders. Items from The Pottery Cottage such as pitchers and serving bowls would make lovely family heirlooms to be treasured for future generations. There are several ways to take advantage of the gift registry. One can pick out specific pieces or sets, but Leslie suggests picking your favorite pattern and allowing the gift giver to choose an item for you. “This gives the gift a more personal touch.”
No matter what the occasion, purchasing a gift from The Pottery Cottage is easy. Simply visit the shop and peruse their choices, and while you are there, be sure to ask if the person for whom you are buying the gift is registered. Or, if you love Polish pottery, the staff at The Pottery Cottage can help you prepare a wish list for yourself. “This is always helpful to husbands who are shopping for their wives and don’t quite know what to buy,” says Leslie with a smile.
Leslie believes in her product so much that she plans to open a wholesale segment of her business, so small boutiques and specialty shops can carry beautiful Polish pottery on their shelves. “This is not only beneficial for me,” Leslie notes, “but the more people that know about Polish pottery, the more it benefits the industry as a whole.” The Pottery Cottage ships anywhere in the United States at shipping cost, and gift wrapping is free year-round.
If you have been looking for that unique graduation, Mother’s Day or wedding gift that is sure to be appreciated from the moment the wrapping paper has been torn away, look no further than The Pottery Cottage in Claremore.