Pottery Gulf Shores AL

Beers, Bites and Beautiful Art: Coastal Crafters of Alabama’s Beaches

Whether its bushwacker-infused cakes and beachy brews or watercolor prints of the coastline, our eclectic culture has been inspiring local artists and other makers in the destination for decades.

Check out our Coastal Crafters, explore our culture and pick up a memento of your trip.

Bites & Brews

Big Beach Brewing Gulf Shores AL

Big Beach Brewing Company

Since it's establishment just a few years ago, Big Beach has quickly become a favorite watering hole for both locals and visitors. The 10-barrel brew house is located in the heart of Gulf Shores and serves up to 12 beers on tap at a time, all of which are made in-house.

Chocolate Corner Gulf Shores AL

Chocolate Corner

Specializing in real butter fudge, homemade chocolates, gourmet truffles and other decadent delights, Chocolate Corner is a fantastic place to snag some locally-made gifts to bring home to your friends and family. All of their sweet treats are made daily with recipes that have been passed down through multiple generations.

Southern Shores Coffee Gulf Shores AL

Southern Shores Coffee

Finding the perfect local coffee shop is on the itinerary for many folks when they’re on vacation, but it’s very rare to find a spot that roasts their own beans in-house. Southern Shores is an artisan coffee roaster that specializes in flavored coffee; the bushwacker flavor being their most famous.  

Fine Arts

Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Gulf Shores AL

Gulf Coast Arts Alliance (GCAA)

The GCAA Gallery is a one-stop-shop for art crafted by local and regional artists. Whether you’re looking for pottery, jewelry, photography or watercolor prints, there is plenty of Coastal Alabama art for sale at any given time.

Pottery Central Gulf Shores AL

Pottery Central

Steve Dark has been honing his craft as a potter and ceramist for more than 30 years. He is most known for his funky, off-the-wall pieces that span from “potheads” to coffee mugs. Dark usually produces six to eight pieces per series making each item you purchase at Pottery Central one-of-a-kind.

Sea Oat Studio Gulf Shores AL

Sea Oat Studio

Another popular place to find some coastal crafted pottery is Sea Oat Studio. Located in Gulf Shores this gallery features creations by nationally-recognized master potters who specialize in wood-fired and electric-fired stoneware pottery and sculptures.

The Clay Studio Orange Beach AL

The Clay Studio

Located at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach is resident ceramics artist Maya Blume-Cantrell and The Clay Studio. Try your hand at throwing on the wheel, glazing or doing a pick-n-paint to make your piece. You can also stop by the arts center gallery to purchase pottery and other works of art by local crafters.

The Hot Shop Orange Beach AL

The Hot Shop

Also at the Coastal Arts Center, The Hot Shop is Alabama’s premier hot glass blowing facility. Stop by the open-air facility Monday through Friday to watch the artists and purchase a piece or book a class and make your own glass!

Other Speciality Items

Blue Girl Beading Gulf Shores AL

Blue Girl Beading

If you’re all about the bling, then Blue Girl Beading is the place for you! Owner and jewelry crafter Tara Gifford offers scheduled and customizable classes ranging from wire wrapping to beading and stitching. The store also has one-a-kind pieces, beads and other jewelry-making supplies.

Clara's Loom Foley AL

Clara’s Loom and Coastal Textile Center

Textile lovers look no further than Clara’s Loom. In the learning center owner and artist Celia Dionne offers a variety of classes and a fee-based studio for experienced artists. In her retail store she sells yarns, fibers, travel looms and some of her own hand-made creations.

Harmony Creek Orange Beach AL

Harmony Creek

Treat yourself to a little bit of luxury at Harmony Creek, located at SanRoc Cay. Their natural bath and body products include olive oil-based soaps, sunburn soothers, lip balms, bath bombs and more. You can even book a class for your group of friends to create your own products. Talk about a perfect girls’ outing!

Tino's Fine Arts and Framing Gulf Shores AL

Tino’s Fine Arts and Frames

Our final coastal crafter on this list does it all At Tino’s you’ll find his original artwork, limited edition prints, pottery, stained glass and more local art than you could ever imagine.

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