Crosby opened her studio about 8 years ago. “I opened [my studio] because I love pottery and also I wanted to help support the local artists,” says Crosby. Annies Little Pots and Pottery Cellar also offers classes, but Annies classes are all one-on-one or you with a couple friends receiving instructions from Crosby. These classes are all scheduled ahead of time to fit your schedule. The studio also has creative pre-made pieces of pottery which you are able to come in at any time and express your creative hand by painting your own design. “My favorite part [of having my own studio] is all the creativity that I am surrounded by,” says Crosby. Annies Little Pots and Pottery Cellar is a wonderful place to hold a group painting party. Annies Little Pots and Pottery Cellar is a wonderful place to hold a group painting party.
Have you ever struggled to find something to do when the Central Illinois winter hits? Fighting to find an indoor activity with the kids, a unique date night or a way to mix up girl’s night out? Look no further! There are numerous pottery studios which have classes, parties, workshops, paint-your-own and create-your-own pottery activities. The Peoria Area pottery studios offer a unique chance for a bonding activity while also avoiding the blustering cold Illinois winter weather.
Wheel Art Pottery Studios is located right here in Peoria on Washington Street and is co-owned by Jacob Grant and Susie Mathews. Mathews has been a resident of the Peoria Area for quite some time whereas Grant relocated to Peoria in 2005 to attend Bradley University and study ceramics. Mathews and Grant met while both working at the Peoria Art Guild in the studio school. When the studio school shut down in 2010, Grant and Mathew decided to create their very own pottery studio. Thus, Wheel Art Pottery Studios was born in the summer of 2010. “I really enjoy working with people from the community; kids, families,” says Grant, “they make it all a lot of fun!” They offer a variety of adult, child or family classes and workshops that are a friendly size; about 8-10 people maximum per class. They also offer classes which teach drawing or pottery basics. This studio is a stop on the tour of Frist Friday, the Central Illinois Artist Organizations’ (CIOA) tour that takes a deeper look at art studios in the Central Illinois on the first Friday of every month. Wheel Art Pottery Studios is also a great location to host a child’s birthday party or a girl’s night out.
The legendary building that once was a landmark of Peoria is no more. Big Al’s started the process of being torn down February 8 at 11 a.m. Some Peorian’s feel like it’s “a part of history going away” and some feel that it is “the end of an era and time to start anew.” Big Al’s isn’t gone for good; they just opened a new facility that is nearly four-times larger, on S.W. Jefferson (around the corner from the old site).
The whole tear down process of this 100-year-old building is estimated to take roughly 2-3 weeks. With a brand new building will come a brand new business concept for Al Zuccarini, the club owner.
For starters, the new Big Al’s will be serving a gourmet lunch buffet weekdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The nightly entertainment won’t just be for adults. Zuccarini is planning to bring comedians, contemporary Cirque du Soleil type acts, Vegas type shows plus live music giving more entertainment options to downtown Peoria.
What is going to happen to the lot where Big Al’s used to be? A Courtyard by Marriott hotel will be built in the lot and will give Peoria more premium rooms for visitors. This will significantly widen the spectrum of activities and attractions in Peoria.