Meet Black Oak Art:
A ceramic pottery studio located in Waco, TX, which has become both a local art icon and home to creatives and aspiring artists.
We create handmade, custom and functional pieces for your business and home, and although we produce a volume of pieces that could require an assembly line production, we protect the beauty of the process, the fluidity of the clay and a handmade touch for each piece we create.
Many know us for our handmade mugs featuring custom logos for businesses such as Common Grounds Coffee and Magnolia Market. We consider ourselves a custom wholesale pottery business and enjoy working with artists, business men and women and individuals to create pieces that best represent our clients.
Whether you’re looking for a custom dish set or an order of coffee mugs featuring your company’s unique logo and style - the team at Black Oak Art can’t wait to get our hands dirty to make your vision a reality.
What began as a small garage operation is now an established pottery studio, employing over 20 Waco locals, many of whom are studying artists. Jonathan Martin began throwing pottery in high school, studied Studio Art at Baylor University and after several years of teaching and working for a short time for a start-up in Silicon Valley, decided to pursue pottery full-time.
Originally, Jonathan was looking for a shape he could put his hands to, perfect, and then create something both beautiful and functional. Thus, the signature Black Oak coffee mug was born. Shortly after creating his first mug, Jonathan was approached by a local coffee shop owner, who asked if he could create a custom logo design to sell in their shop.
Jonathan soon discovered he enjoyed creating pieces for local businesses and began throwing mugs for other local companies, including Magnolia Market. Now Black Oak Art is a custom wholesale company, offering handmade custom logo designed mugs, signature lines for retail, and serving pieces for restaurants.
Something Jonathan enjoys most is, “sitting down with (clients like) Joanna, from Magnolia, or Sara, at Gather, to come up with signature lines and custom pieces that match the unique aesthetic of their stores. I like that – it’s kind of who I am,” says Jonathan. “I really enjoy going in and talking with people and hearing the things they like about different pieces and then creating that for them, like a graphic designer would work with a client.”
Although the volume of pieces being produced each week has increased dramatically, something that makes the studio unique is that each piece is still handmade. Rather than a production assembly line, Jonathan has created a community of artists looking to perfect their design and craft and work at an inspiring local business with other like-minded individuals.
Now the familiar coffee mug has become a sort of icon for local businesses in Waco and beyond. Many hands of skilled artists put their hands to each individual piece from start to finish before the entire process is complete. The commitment to handmade art and local community has led Black Oak Art to become one of the top pottery studios in Waco.
Let us create the perfect handmade piece for your business or home.