WE ARE THE BELLTOWER ARTISANS:
We are the Belltower Artisans - two college students from Memphis who are passionate about making things and investing in the city and culture we live in
The reason we are called Belltower is simple. We want to become like a belltower, a meeting place and a landmark on the skyline, by supporting local artists in a place with a high volume of traffic in Memphis. We dream of growing the city's makers and small businesses, and we want to help our community through things like the after-school refugee class we taught last spring, various fundraisers for non-profits in town, education on how to combine craft and business, and community development in so many other ways.
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 pottery back in our lives. So, we began renting a storage unit and pooled our graduation money and 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 where we are currently students, 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 800 pieces, run a ceramics co-working community that has over 20 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!