Mud Season leads into Maine Pottery Tour
The Maine Pottery Tour has announced participants for its 8th season, May 4th and 5th, 2019. From Kittery to Thorndike and Bethel to Phillips and Belfast, 37 ceramic artists will open their studios to the public for tours, sales and demonstrations.
The tour’s goal is to make people aware of the potters in the area and encourage local support. Local pottery enhances the users’ experience with products from other Maine makers, notably food, beer, home décor and gardens.
“The Maine Pottery Tour was started when Lori Watts of Fine Mess Pottery contacted several potters in the area. It was modeled after a pottery tour that has been very successful in Minnesota for many years.” said Mary K. Spencer of The Potter’s House in Litchfield.
The participating potters have cleaned up their work spaces and are welcoming visitors to their studios to see the work they do. All are happy to talk with you about making pots, how they work with clay and the different techniques they use to decorate and fire their work.
Get an inside glimpse into the life of a potter, enjoy some refreshments, tour their studios, peek into kilns — maybe even get a chance to try the potter’s wheel!
Three Scarborough residents will be participating. Joanna Skofield of Blarney Stone Pottery makes pots that transport you to the beach. Ellen McCarthy of Peeper Pond Studios makes fun and functional ware and guarantees that no two pieces will be alike. She will be hosting 3 guest potters, including Rebecca Hillman, also of Scarborough. A professional chef for many years, her eye for color and composition shines through all her work, whether sculpture or functional ware.
The Maine Pottery Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Details and downloadable maps can be found at MainePotteryTour.org.