Don’t miss out on the once-a-year event that celebrates Maine’s unique pottery and its artists!
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 and Sunday, May 2, 2021. 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.
Nearly 50 pottery studios around the state are organized into 3 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 at MainePotteryTour.org and a full list of participating studios is below.
About the Tour
The tour’s 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?
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!