Springtime in Maine can mean daffodils or snow, and sometimes both, but the first weekend in May has meant the Maine Pottery Tour for nearly a decade. The 9th annual Maine Pottery Tour welcomes visitors on Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nearly 50 pottery studios around the state are organized into three regions of approximately 15 studios (see below), allowing several studios to be visited in a single outing. It's a fun chance to meet the artists, peek in the kilns, see demonstrations, and shop for pottery and other handmade goods. Interactive maps of each region are available atand a full list of participating studios is below.
About the tour: The goal is to make people aware of the potters in the state and to cultivate an appreciation and affection for handmade pots. Because of the tour, eating, drinking, and serving from one-of-a-kind plates, mugs, bowls, pitchers, platters and casseroles has become standard practice for large numbers of people. Once you drink morning coffee from a handmade mug, a production cup seems lackluster. Pots are uniquely intimate. What other art form do you raise to your lips, cradle in your hands, and trust with your food?
Don’t need anything for the food and drink? You will be surprised and delighted by the artists who sculpt, make tiles, wall vases, planters, and other visual treats. It’s amazing what a lump of clay can do, in the right hands.
Listing of participating studios:
Coastal Region: Neighborhood Clay & Liz Proffetty Ceramics, Damariscotta; Tyler Gulden Ceramics, Walpole; Prescott Hill Pottery; Liberty; Fireside Pottery, Warren; Dragon's Breath Pottery, Warren; Jody Johnstone Pottery, Swanville; Mainely Pottery, Belfast; EC Ceramics, E. Blue Hill; West Third Ceramics, Belfast; Barbara Walch Pottery, Thorndike; Miki Glasser /Van der Ven Studios, Lincolnville; Everyday Pottery, Belmont.
Southern Region: Portland Pottery, Portland; Adrian King Pottery, Portland; Homeport Pottery, Kennebunkport; Wendy Twitchell Porcelain, Kennebunkport; Creative Energy Images, Cornish; Cedar Mountain Potters, Parsonsfield; Buckland Ceramics, Bridgton; Zwellen Pottery, Limington; Sarah Fitzpatrick Shannon - Wong Pottery, Portland; Bentley Pottery, Portland; Delany Arts, Yarmouth; Heather Abt, Portland; Chari Chalmers, Westbrook; Muddy Toes Pottery, New Gloucester; Peeper Pond Studio, Scarborough; MEC Pottery, Cape Neddick; Southern Maine Pottery Guild, Kittery; Ash Cove Pottery, Harpswell.
Western/Central Region: Fine Mess Pottery, Augusta; A Lakeside Studio Pottery, Wayne; Malley Weber, Hallowell; Maple Lane Pottery, Windsor; Bog Pond Pottery, Phillips; Red Door Pottery, Augusta; Sunset Haven Pottery, Paris; Martha Grover and Joshua Rysted, Bethel; Whitefield Pottery, Whitefield; Jeffrey Lipton Pottery, Litchfield; Whitney Gill, Bowdoin; The Potter's House, Litchfield; d harwood Pottery aka Mudgirl, Winthrop; Miki Glasser Ceramics, Freedom; Orchard Lane Studios, Minot.
The self-guided tour is an opportunity to enjoy spring in Vacationland and the hospitality of local potters in their studios. Eagerly anticipated by all who enjoy handmade pottery, as well as anyone looking for a special and unique Mother’s Day gift. For more information about the Pottery Tour, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.