The historic Faltin Building, built in 1879 by Prussian immigrant Friedrich August Faltin to house his booming merchant business which included a bank and post office, is a Victorian Italian gem designed by San Antonio architect Alfred Giles and erected by historic builder J.H. Kampmann. Still boasting much of its antiquated charm, today the Faltin building is again open to the public, housing unique hand-crafted gems of its own.
Roci and Brian Brawner fell in love with the building, and stepped into uncharted waters by opening a gallery named Comfort Crockery in October of 2009. The weekend of their first anniversary , October 17, was a great chance to see the Geckrow Family and all the other Scarecrow Invaders of Comfort.
The gallery carries the work of almost forty different local artisans, mostly working in three dimensional mediums, but you needn’t be an art history major to appreciate the handiwork of these craftsmen; there’s something for everyone here. From pottery to textiles, stone to silver, Comfort Crockery runs the gamut of unique skills that sets an area like the Hill Country apart. For the individual, there’s hand milled soap produced on a locally owned dairy goat farm and hand engraved silver and copper jewelry created by a Texas Original Artist Weldon LIster, also of Southern Oaks, a title bestowed on only 40 in the entire state, who still hammers and chisels away in the fashion of long gone German silversmiths and jewelers. For the home, Mesquite furniture and Mexican folk art are available, as well as countless pieces picked from clay crockery and pottery collections. Our own Pat Scrivano displays many of her original pieces at Comfort Crockery.
The diversity of other activities not usually associated with a gallery is another reflection of the eclectic bent of the owners. The 1879 unrenovated portion of the building was opened for a community wide ice cream social during the heat wave in August, serving over 100 scoops to any and all comers. Weaving classes are available, and the loom is always set up for visitors to watch demonstrations, or to add to the community weaving project. The first informal meeting of a Comfort Area spinning guild was held this month, with more meetings to come. And of course, the Southern Oaks Bunco Club livened up the place using it for one of their meetings. Any Wednesday in December before Christmas you can bring your own cup and spoon and get a hot cup’a soup to be enjoyed there or taken out. Any donations go directly to The Comfort Table. This December 4th “An Old World Christmas” debuts offering the lifetime collection of 18th century style hooked rugs by Charlotte Allison, live demonstrations by Weldon Lister and Bill Lister and their art and others that celebrate our European Christmas art and traditions. The River Pickers will be providing music from 4-6 on December 4. The exhibit will stay open in the 1879 Faltin Building through December 14. Other area artist who produce work that matches this theme may rent a space to display and sell their work.
Like Faltin himself, Roci intends to thrive regardless of the challenges this particular point in history might present. Share your support with Roci and the many local artists she represents. You can visit Comfort Crockery Wednesday–Saturday from 10:00-5:00 and Sunday after 1:00. Special commissions are always welcome. To learn more about the historic Faltin building or about the gallery’s up and coming events, such as scheduled artist receptions , spinner’s meetings and weaving classes, visit the events calendar at comfortcrockery.com. Just come by to visit and see what is going on.
Old World Christmas
This year, Comfort Crockery will be hosting Old World Christmas on December 4. The event features 18th century-style hooked rugs by Charlotte Allison, her lifetime series of work in this medium, demonstrations by various other artists, including hand engraving in the old German style by Weldon Lister, along with the wood carving of Christmas ornaments by Bill Lister. The River Pickers, a dulcimer group, will provide music from 4pm to 6pm in the evening. The rugs will remain on display until December 14 with special hours. From November 1 until December 14, Comfort Crockery will be open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. After December 14, the regular hours will return – Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.
Bed & Breakfast
Comfort Crockery also offers a bed and breakfast upstairs. This 1,800 square foot, furnished B&B is available from now until December 30. For availability, call 210-363-4656.