Arts & Culture

Artistree Pottery Studio Opening in Rountree Neighborhood

The Cherry and Pickwick intersection in Springfield welcomes a new paint-your-own pottery studio for a little hands-on fun that's great for the whole family.

By Krysten Muench

Sep 14 2020 at 11:25 a.m.

Wall of paint your own ceramics at Artistree Pottery in Springfield MO
Photo courtesy Rachel BarksThe name "Artistree" is a nod to Rountree, the name of the neighborhood in which is resides. Owner Rachel Barks says she's excited to add a family-friendly activity to the area, which mainly offers food and beverage options at the moment.

A new, family-friendly activity will soon be open at the Cherry and Pickwick intersection in the Rountree Neighborhood. Artistree Pottery (1423 E. Cherry St., Suite 103, Springfield) is a paint-your-own pottery studio, owned and operated by neighborhood resident Rachel Barks. 

In December of 2018, Barks, who had worked as an interior designer in the area for 20 years, began losing her vision in one eye due to an autoimmune disease. By February, the vision loss crept into her other eye, and by March she was no longer able to drive. 

Never one to give up, Barks knew it was time to pivot and look for a new career she could feel just as passionate about. Having also been a business owner before, she brainstormed ideas that would work in a space that could be leased within walking distance of her home"I thought you know, there's nothing here at Cherry and Pickwick for families and for something to do and for kids," she says. "I thought a paint-your-own pottery studio would make the perfect fit." And with that, the concept for Artistree Pottery was born.

The paint-your-own pottery studio offers options for individuals or groups to come in and use the space. The shop will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday for anyone to walk in and choose a piece to paint. Sundays and Mondays are reserved for small groups or parties of 10 or more. For ultimate flexibility, there will be outdoor seating on the patio behind the building, and a curb-side option will be available for those who wish to paint in the comfort of their own home. Barks also hopes to offer classes and opportunities for hand building and throwing on a potter's wheel in the future.

Seasonal paint-your-own pumpkins at Artistree Pottery in Springfield MO
Photos courtesy Rachel BarksSpecial paint-your-own Rountree Neighborhood pumpkins for the fall season.
Artistree Pottery studio exterior in Springfield MO
Photos courtesy Rachel BarksArtistree Pottery is housed in a renovated 1920s Spanish revival building and sits next door to The Royal and Skully's Ramen.

"We are a shop that is open and welcoming to everyone with special needs or disabilities." Barks says. "We would be more than happy to cater to groups and make it accessible for their group if they wanted to come in and do something special."

To round out the experience, Barks is working with her next-door neighbors at The Royal to offer small plate options and has plans to serve beer, wine and coffee along with plenty of kid-friendly drinks.

Book an Event with Artistree Pottery


Learn more about Artistree Pottery by visiting their website and book your event today by calling 417-840-5200 or email