The Makery is located in the historic Old Village of Bulverde, in a century-old building that used to be the community’s German 9-pin bowling alley. (Read more about the building’s history here!) We love this light-filled space, and although the original old wood floors are wonky and uneven and require that we shim and level every piece of furniture and equipment, their warmth and character remind us of the importance of this space as a community gathering place. We love imagining the families who came here to play, to visit, to take refreshment in the attached tearoom (now Verde Bistro), and to get competitive: 9-pin bowling is something the German immigrants in this part of Texas took seriously and – in some places – still do.
This beautiful, light-filled space houses the working studios of owner-artists Nick and Francesca Watson, and a welcoming teaching area for workshops by Francesca and a select roster of guest instructors. Our display and seating area showcases the work of the owners and a small, rotating selection of handcrafts by local artists. In addition, we’ve carved out space in our teaching area for supplies and tools related to the workshops we teach. Since we can’t possibly hope to compete with big box art stores, we concentrate on sharing with you the things we love and use ourselves – but we can also serve as a resource for you, since our relationships with a broad range of suppliers means we can order in almost anything you’re looking for.