Iron and Lace | Midwest Living

Iron and Lace

Corner of Walnut Street and Hawk Drive
Bentonsport  Iowa  52565
United States
21909 Marion St.
Bentonsport  Iowa  52565
United States
(319) 592-3222

Midwest Living Review

Bill and Betty Printy offer beautiful original pottery, ironwork and textiles from their barnlike gallery in Bentonsport.

Husband-and-wife team Bill and Betty Printy offer all manner of artistic output at their barnlike studio-shop-gallery in Bentonsport. He's the "iron," she's the "lace." Together they turn out a complete inventory of distinctive works for customers. Just watching the pieces take shape is half the fun. Tourists pile out of buses to watch Betty mold whirling clay into signature stoneware pots decorated with Queen Anne's lace designs (her copyrighted style) then file into the blacksmith shop to see Bill hammer glowing iron into ornate garden decor, fences, staircase railings and other artsy stuff. As if that's not impressive enough, Betty and her assistants also weave beautiful rugs, place mats and table runners on five old-fashioned looms. 

For those who want to do it themselves, Betty and Bill offers a series of workshops throughout the year. Iron and Lace is open April through October and weekends in November and December until Christmas.

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