Our Story

From a dream to reality...   

Robbie moved to Ithaca and began his life as a potter in 1972 after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Political Science. Robbie opened People's Pottery and sold only work he made with his own hands for the first three years.  Robbie lived in the back of the orignal shop and had a studio and gallery in front.  

Over the years, People's Pottery quickly grew, and Robbie began buying and offering the works of hundreds of professional crafts people from all over the United States.  Between 1972 and 1996, the store evolved and became known as one of America's finest 'Hand Made in America' specialty stores.  Robbie sold Peoples Pottery in 1996 and the business expanded to over 55 stores across the country.  After the financial crisis in the aftermath of 9/11, Robbie separated from People's Pottery and reopened his original store on the Ithaca Commons as American Crafts by Robbie Dein.

The Ithaca gallery is housed in a historical building constructed in 1862, and lovingly renovated in 1986.  The building features cast iron Corinthian columns and cast iron arches. American Crafts by Robbie Dein is located in the heart of Ithaca, on the beautiful downtown Ithaca Commons.

Since 1970, Robbie has been attending the finest juried craft shows of Handmade in America,  to bring the joy, creativity, function, and humor that emanates from a diverse range of artistic personalities to you. The store features an eclectic collection of functional, decorative, and sculptural creations that encompass a wide price range from $7 to $4,000.

Our staff is dedicated to educating our clientele about the techniques involved in making each piece, the materials, the time spent in creating each piece, and some insights about the artist themselves.  We are attentive and focused on sharing the value that we recognize in each artist’s work.  Our staff is also well experienced at recommending gift appropriate items in every price range.