A charming small town of around 3,000 people in Southwest Wisconsin, Mineral Point saw its first European settlers in the late 1820’s. It became a lead mining area, that attracted many immigrants in the 1840’s from Cornwall in England. It has a charming main street and has attracted many artists to the area.
Clay in May is the Mineral Point Pottery Tour in early May. Here there are demonstrations, studio and kiln tours and time to talk to the artists.
This small town has some wonderful historic limestone buildings along its long main street. Today they house a number of galleries, shops and restaurants. Worth exploring are:
Stairway Studio Gallery at 237 High St.
Wantoot Modern American Art and Craft at 236 High St.: This gallery has wonderful quality paintings, glass, ceramics, jewelry, wearable art and furniture.
The Mulberry Pottery Studio/Gallery: In a renovated feed store from the 1940’s, they feature the pottery of Frank Polizzi plus offer workshops to the public. 14 Jail Alley.
Johnson Gallery, at 245 High St., for pottery, wood, jewelry, metal and glass. They also have the Brewery Pottery Studio at 276 Shake Rag St., a working pottery studio and gallery.
Windy Ridge Pottery: As part of the Fall Art Tour, I visited Windy Ridge Pottery by Joe and Christy Cole at 3095 State Road 39.