Available both in store and on our website, these lovely handmade pottery pieces were made exclusively for the Colony Store by Bishop Hill artist Lou Hanson. She is the owner and operator of the Hantverk Galleri here in historic Bishop Hill, where she has many unique and beautiful types of handmade pottery for sale. We are extremely pleased that she so graciously agreed to produce this exclusive line for us!
The collection includes a lidded crock for $40, a large mug for $25 and an ornament for $10. Each piece comes in blue, brown and green, and features a depiction of a hardworking dairy maid, shouldering her buckets. Our model for this wonderful image is a descendant of original colonists (I will leave it to you to figure out who it was!) This specific image was chosen to highlight our Dairy Building, where, during Colony times, the milkmaids lived on the second floor. The building itself is now undergoing an extensive restoration and will be open to the public later this year. Each piece also comes with a special hangtag that gives the history of the Dairy Building, as well as the background on the Bishop Hill Heritage Association (BHHA), which owns both the Dairy Building and the Colony Store.