Shop For Handcrafted Pottery In A Colorful Bungalow!

inside shopWhen I think of shops unique to the Quad Cities, one that is top on my list is Dot’s Pots. Dot’s Pots is a pottery shop in a bungalow in Moline, Illinois. At first you will be attracted to the bright colors of the front entrance to the shop and the smiling moose sign out in front. Once inside you will find both functional and non functional pottery in all shapes and sizes, from miniatures for fairy gardens to multi-tiered bird baths to bowls and platters and humorous animal sculptures.

inside Dot's Pots

Owners and potters, Dorothy Beach and Dan Lawrence, are a husband and wife team with the combined experience of 68 years. They work daily making pottery creations for all tastes.  If you are more traditional or if whimsy attracts you, you will find it at Dot’s Pots. All pottery work is done on-site using high fire clay or raku processes. Both thrown and handbuilt techniques are used by the potters.

Potter, Dorothy Beach
Potter, Dorothy Beach

Don’t look for a website or a Facebook presence because as Dot says, “We can’t waste time on computery things!”

Each year Dot and Dan plan many special events for shoppers to attend. Those events include International Women’s Day in March, Spring Thing in May, the upcoming Summer Open House in July and the fabulous Holiday Open House in December. These events include live music and home baked goodies and snacks for shoppers to enjoy.

July Open House invite

Dot’s Pots

2822 – 16th Street

Moline, Illinois 61265

(309) 736-7247

Regular Hours:  Monday – Saturday   9:00 am  – 5:00 pm

Closed Sundays and July 8, 9 and 10 to prepare for the Open House

Potter, Dan Lawrence helps shoppers at Holiday Open House
Potter, Dan Lawrence helps shoppers at Holiday Open House


About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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