See how creative our state can be. Whether it’s fashion greats, music legends, literary geniuses, food producers, innovative artists, or manufacturers, Alabama is home to lots of talented folks who are making what they love. Which maker will inspire you and your next adventure?
Butch Anthony is an artist, picker and collector who started what was at first a taxidermy and artifact room that has now evolved into the Museum of Wonder. The museum/folk art compound is filled with art, artifacts, antiques and assorted oddities.
Artist Caleb O’Connor painted the 16 murals depicting the history of West Alabama and the nation that are featured in the federal building in Tuscaloosa that opened in 2011. O’Connor Art Studios is located in downtown Tuscaloosa.
Self-taught artist Charlie Lucas – “The Tin Man” – works with cast-off materials to create art representing the Black Belt region and the iron and steel industry of Birmingham. Sculptures and paintings by Lucas are available for sale and display in galleries and showrooms around the world.
Potter Tena Payne developed a signature line of hand-thrown pottery, from dinner plates to espresso cups, that she supplies to restaurants and retail sites across the country. Earthborn Pottery’s unique designs have become a favorite of top chefs, including Chris Hastings at Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham.
Freedom Soap Company
Chastity Curtis created Freedom Soap Company in her kitchen while working as an inner-city elementary school teacher in 2012. Freedom Soap Company is now a full-time operation with each of their products formulated and made from scratch with essential oils, natural plant materials and clays.
George's Broom Closet
George Jones Jr. uses traditional materials, tools and techniques to create his unique brooms, each crafted in the time-honored traditions used by four generations of his family.
Great Bear Wax Company
Great Bear Wax Company produces candles using American-grown soy wax, an all-natural braided cotton wick and high-quality essential and fragrance oils.
Jerry Brown Pottery
Jerry Brown is a ninth-generation potter who makes traditional hand-tuned pottery using mule-powered pug mills. His “Face Jugs” are known for either smiling or sticking out their tongues in a spirit of impishness.
The Rural Studio is an off-campus design-build program of Auburn University. The students work within the community to define solutions, fundraise, design and build remarkable projects.
Thornton Dial is a self-taught artist born in Emelle whose paintings, sculptures and drawings are noted for their raw creative power and whose works have been exhibited at art galleries across the country.
Wood Studio, a family–owned and operated custom-woodworking business, opened in 1986 in Decatur and now has offices in Fort Payne and Arley. The business, which among other projects designs and constructs rockers, swings, chairs and stools, is gaining recognition throughout the South for its quality and innovation. Garden & Gun named Wood Studio the overall winner in its “Made in the South Awards” for the studio's Lookout Mountain Rocker, and the company was featured in the October 2015 issue of Southern Living.
Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell
The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell was founded in 2007 as a way to enrich lives and reconnect people to music, art, and each other. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for people to work creatively with their hands, minds, and spirits and to help preserve Alabama’s cultural heritage.
Alisha DuBois - The Moose & Squirrel Show
This Alabama artist can look at a discarded tool boxor recycled cooper kettle—and imagine a birdhouse or a piece of garden art.
Boho chic, Custom made jewelry & adornment. Materials are hand-sourced vintage & re-purposed. Local artist with a beautiful purpose.
Before & After Gallery
You can decorate your home, condo, beach house, office, etc.. with original oils, acrylics, watercolors, Giclees, Intaglio prints, framed prints - gifts, artistic jewelry creations with a skin care studio. Selections for both men and women.
Functional items such as bowls, candle holders, and napkins rings, as well as nature-inspired sculptures.
Meliefish Driftwood Sculpture
Call to see work private residence.
Alabama's Premiere destination for Antique & Vintiques!. This massive indoor mall is home to over 300 vendors-over 100,000 square feet-in a repurposed sewing factory built in 1970. Local artisans, modern vintage, furniture, retro, estate jewelry, designer rugs & coins. Café open on weekends.
Sarah Conklin - Feather Wild
Sarah wishes to spread beauty in some small way by sharing her textiles with others to adorn their world with.
Tom Jones Pottery
Handmade dinner settings, cookware, and flower pots, as well as seasonal items such as Easter Bunnies, Mardi Gras Jesters, and Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns.