Babett Larimer

Babett Larimer is opening Squeaky Wheel Pottery in downtown Hastings with a pottery shop on one side of the building and a pottery studio on the other. 

Babett Larimer envisions an oasis of calm in downtown Hastings.

“My hope is to create a space where people can disconnect from the outside world,” she said.

This weekend, that oasis will open to the public.

Larimer’s new shop is Squeaky Wheel Pottery located at 209 Sibley St. in Hastings.

“It’s one location – two different experiences,” she said.

On one side of the building is a shop selling pottery that Larimer and some of her friends have created. The other side is a studio with pottery wheels, work tables and a commercial kiln for firing the pottery created in the studio.

The Hastings Chamber of Commerce will be at the shop Thursday, April 28, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, welcoming Larimer to the business community. That will be followed by a social hour for Downtown Business Association members.

The grand opening for the public will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Larimer sees pottery – especially pottery you make yourself – as a form of therapy.

“Clay forces you to focus,” she said. “It’s like holistic meditation.”

She said people making pottery need to be completely OK with imperfections. No two pieces are exactly the same.

People will get an opportunity to try their hand at making pottery.

The studio has six wheels, which limits class sizes to six people.

The two-in-one business provides something for everybody.

“I wanted to create a space where people can come and have a unique shopping experience or over here work with their hands.”



209 Sibley St.




Shop: Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Studio: Monday-Wednesday by appointment


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