The Sturgeon River Pottery Story

With over 43 years in business, the story of Sturgeon River is a good one.

Sturgeon River Pottery was founded by Karen and Steve Andrews in 1980 in Wolverine, Michigan, approximately 25 miles east of Petoskey. Karen and Steve began with their first studio on the banks of the Sturgeon River but it wasn’t long before Karen and Steve opened the first Sturgeon River Pottery store on Main Street in Wolverine. Originally a gas station, the building served as studio, gallery, and workshop.

After a short time, Sturgeon River Pottery was relocated to Bay Shore, Michigan, approximately 5 miles west of Petoskey. There the store added products in addition to the Andrews’ pottery including locally made candles and gifts. As the local and regional following for Sturgeon River Pottery continued to grow, the store once again outgrew its home.

Dana Andrews Karen Andres of Sturgeon River Pottery

In 1984, Sturgeon River Pottery moved to its current location on Charlevoix Avenue (US 31) one mile west of Petoskey where they remain today. Over the years, Sturgeon River Pottery has expanded many times to become the icon it is today.

With over 4 acres of tantalizing garden decor, pottery, Petoskey stones, wild bird feeding supplies, Adirondack furniture, and other treasures, Sturgeon River is an annual stop for many visitors to Northern Michigan.

The Andrews’ legacy continues with the second generation of family now owning and operating the business. Current president and owner Dana Andrews continues the legacy started by his parents with a passion for retail and ensuring the best shopping experience in Northern Michigan.

With the help of an exceptional crew and loyal customer base, the Andrews family has grown Sturgeon River Pottery into the landmark business people enjoy today and hope to continue for generations to come.

NorthGoods (est. 2012)

NorthGoods Art Gallery Gift Shop Downtown Petoskey Michigan

The Sturgeon River family of businesses also includes our sister store NorthGoods in downtown Petoskey offering a huge collection of Northern Michigan art and gifts, as well as Little Traverse Tileworks, a designer and manufacturer of decorative ceramic tile.

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Please call Sturgeon River Pottery at 231-347-0590 or you can use the handy form below to contact us by email.

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A Favorite Stop for Up North Shoppers!

Wander our four acres of tantalizing garden decor, pottery, Petoskey stones, wild bird feeding supplies, Adirondack furniture, and other treasures!

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