Alabama Road Trips
Get ready to hit the road. Learn everything you need to know to travel the state like a local and experience all the hidden gems along the way.
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?
Jeff Wilburn is a 10th-generation potter who makes traditional hand-tuned pottery, including face jugs and other items.
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.
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 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.
HERObike uses locally grown bamboo to develop hand-crafted bikes and skateboards. They also teach workshops where you receive instruction and build your own bike.
Stephen James' paintings capture scenes of the country and farm life in Alabama. His works are featured in Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center.
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.
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.
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.
Handmade, small-batch goat milk and kombucha soaps and bath bombs that are made right here in Alabama!
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.
Located in Historical Downtown Foley. Our Sales Gallery is located in the historic Claude Peteet Real Estate building on Hwy 59, we feature approx 150 local & regional artists. Downtown Gallery open Jan-Oct, Trim a Tree at Tanger Outlets, Foley
Located in historic downtown. Gallery features exquisite works of art created by the region's finest. New exhibits quarterly.
Call to see work private residence.
Gulf Shores AL, studio potter, handmade ceramic art, commissions encouraged.
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.
Maker of metalmesh jewelry, handbags and belts. Internationally recognized and selling out of our "Shop" wholesale to the public.
Sarah wishes to spread beauty in some small way by sharing her textiles with others to adorn their world with.
Handmade dinner settings, cookware, and flower pots, as well as seasonal items such as Easter Bunnies, Mardi Gras Jesters, and Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns.
Gulf Shores newest hot spot located at the waterway village on the north side of Gulf Shores at the Inner coastal canal.