WE ARE THE BELLTOWER ARTISANS:
The reason we are called Belltower is simple. We want to be like a belltower, a meeting place and a landmark on this awesome skyline, by supporting local artists and promoting the creative economy in Memphis. Everything you find in our store from our mugs to our tables to our coffee and tea is handmade by a different local artist.
We developed our love for pottery and handcrafting things in high school at Harding Academy, where we took ceramics for 3 years. Throughout that class, we always joked that when we hit our mid-life crisis we would quit our jobs and open a pottery studio and coffee shop; however, that dream instead came at 19 and 20.
We both attended college in Nashville for a couple years and soon realized how much we wanted clay back in our daily routines. So, we began renting a storage unit and pooled our life savings together to start our first studio. That grew into a successful pop-up coffee shop and pottery studio the next summer, and it gave us the confidence to make this a permanent fixture in our community. We transferred colleges to the University of Memphis, found the Highland Strip, and a frenzy for getting the place ready to open began - including creating all of the wares and furniture in the shop.
Currently in our space we operate a coffee shop that serves a variety of food and drinks out of handmade mugs, bowls, and plates, we sell our own work as well as many local artists’ work, we produce wholesale orders of ceramics that range from 50 to 1100 pieces, run a ceramics co-working community that has over 30 active members, and teach over 150 students a month in classes that range from beginner students touching clay for the first time to experienced students looking to move towards professional work.
Thanks so much for your love and support of our dream for Belltower and the community around us!