West Allis Has Art, Not Just Industry

September 23, 2019
Urban Milwaukee

West Allis may be known more for its industry than its art community, but entrepreneurs like Colleen Volland are hoping to change that perception.

With a loan through the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Center (WWBIC), Volland was able to open Cream City Clay, 7105 W. Greenfield Ave., in 2015.

“I had a background in art education, and from the time I got done as a teacher, I wanted to open a pottery studio,” she said. Volland, who holds a master’s degree in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, said her plan was to offer both a gathering place for potters, as well as a space to work, as art students who graduate often lack these. “You miss that camaraderie,” Volland noted.

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