Brooke Pottery has been the local go-to for contemporary American craft pottery, home décor, handcrafted jewelry and garden art since 1988.
When you walk through the doors at Brooke Pottery, you’re instantly transported to a beautiful world of artisan crafts, pottery, jewelry, art and more. The majority of the items you’ll encounter are one-of-a-kind due to each being fired, carved or painted by hand, and the quality and beauty is unmatched by any machine produced piece.
Fun Fact: Every clay and glaze used in Brooke Pottery’s pieces is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe!
The Early Days of Brooke Pottery
Brooke Pottery was founded by a potter, Gloria Brooke. She had grown tired of the packing and unpacking of art that accompanied the process of selling her work at street fairs, so she decided to open up a shop. The original location was a three bedroom house on Doris Drive in South Lakeland, and showcased Brooke’s pottery and the works of four other artists.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a few developers began a revitalization project in downtown Lakeland. One of those developers was Jerry Herring. Mr. Herring approached Brooke and offered her three months free rent to move her shop into his building. She accepted and moved in. Brooke Pottery would eventually acquire the space once occupied by another pioneering retail shop to grow their inventory and presence.
Today the shop is owned by two of Brooke’s former employees, Margaret Stephens and Kay Morgan. Over 96% of their products are American Made.
Products They Carry
Brooke Pottery focuses on stocking a variety of products. There are a number of Florida artists among their American Made inventory, including a few jewelers and potters. The only products not artistically created are games, candles and puzzles. Many products are one-of-a-kind or carry slight variations due to being fired or glazed separately and by hand, which is a rare treat in today’s retail world.
Special Event Demonstrations
Brooke Pottery relishes in the opportunity to share insight into the craft behind the products they sell, and they do so by hosting demonstrations by some of the artists whose art they carry. Occasionally jewelers, potters and painters come in during First Fridays and seasonal events to demonstrate their craft. It’s a real treat to watch a potter work clay, or a painter’s piece come to life.
We Love Annual Traditions
Annual traditions include Ornaments on Parade on Thanksgiving weekend, Merry Leon in June and Small Business Saturday. Juice and cookies are served every Saturday, a tradition that has been around since Gloria opened the shop in 1988.
Unique Items in the Shop
Wedding Gift Go-Tos: Wine goblets with glazed clay stems, chip and dips servers, and clay wine coolers.
Good Enough for Any Guy: Quirky mugs with saying like “His Majesty,” and “The Boss.” These mugs are especially awesome because they have a small imprinted area for your thumb. “My husband says it’s the best mug ever,” says, Margaret. They also have beautiful custom coasters, handmade wooden ballpoint pens, and clip boards that could be displayed on any desk.
For the Young Ones: Bibs, toys, blankets, books and custom artwork make perfect baby shower gifts.