Since 1970 I've been hooked on the magic of taking a lump of earth, "pulling" it into a cylinder and shaping it into a vessel on the potters wheel. I strive to make functional pots that work well and feel good to use. The clay itself inspires my forms, which change slightly with each throwing cycle, becoming clearer and bolder like a photo coming into focus. My inscribed and brushwork decorations are based on the patterns left in the sand by the receding tide.
Handmade pottery is not silent; it has a presence that comes from the soul of the potter. Hold my pots and feel the marks my hands have left on the clay. Use my pots and connect to something real: the maker and the tradition of craft, to me and my life on the shore of Casco Bay.
My pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe, but should not go directly from the refrigerator to the oven to avoid thermal shock.
For as long as humans have been creating useful things from clay, we have been embellishing and "en-spiriting" these objects as a form of communication. These non-literal messages speak to us on an emotional level. More simply said, beauty moves us.
My mother found her passion for potting when I was young. Thanks to her, from an early age I lived with pots handmade by many different potters. As a young adult there was nothing I wanted to do more than follow along the same path, and so I did.
Constant innovation keeps what I do from becoming repetitive, even when I am repeating forms. This liveliness comes through the clay, and finds its way into homes where it enhances the daily rituals of the people that use my pottery.
This highfired, durable pottery is safe for use in microwave and dishwasher, as well as oven, provided your piece is allowed to pre-heat with the oven.
My pottery is made by my hands alone, using few hand tools. I work without the wheel for the tactile experience and the shapes that come from the clay's response to my hands. I use the pinch method, supplemented by coil and slab techniques.
My work is meant to stimulate the imagination and sense of fantasy while giving a sense of connection to nature. It reflects the textures and colors of sand and stone, the colors of earth and sky, and the forms of leaves, gourds, shells and seed pods. This work does not represent specific objects in nature, but reminds us of the natural world, which nurtures and supports us.
High fired stoneware, this pottery is meant to be used. It is dishwasher safe, microwave and oven use are not recommended. Teapots should be pre-heated with hot water before boiling water is poured in to brew tea.
My interest in clay goes back to my child- hood, finding and working with raw clay. I started throwing on a wheel when I was 11, and became a prefessional potter at 16.
As a long-standing potter and teacher, my life has been immersed in clay. My work has evolved, reflecting the changes in my life, interests and tastes. As an avid gardener and cook, I enjoy preparing food and entertaining and using pottery as a part of my daily life. I hope you too will enjoy my work on a daily basis.
All of my pottery is lead free and safe for the dishwasher and microwave. As with all pottery, it is important not to shock it with extreme changes in temperature.
P.O. Box 300 N. Waterboro, Maine 04061 207-247-4027
David Orser is one half of Cedar Mountain Potters, the husband and wife team of Laurel MacDuffie and David. They have been working in their studio at their 1800’s era farm in Parsonsfield, Maine since 1999.
His work is hand thrown or hand built using stoneware and porcelain clays and uses gas fired, reduction and salt kilns. These pieces are often glazed with local clay, wood ash, and other traditional glazes. He also regularly participates with a group of potters in the firing of a Japanese styled, anagama wood-fire kiln.
David has been making pottery and sculpture for more than thirty years. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree at Cranbrook Art Academy. His work has been exhibited nationally and is in private and museum collections.
His wares are dishwasher and microwave safe. Not meant for conventional oven use. Preheat with hot tap water before using boiling water.
Probably the best thing my parents ever did was refuse to own a television. While I sadly missed seeing one giant leap for mankind, I learned from the start how to use my imagination and make beautiful things. In 2012 I was able to finally put those skills to the test and now rely solely on my two hands to support myself. I joined my husband, David Orser, as a full time potter in our small studio, where we shuffle carefully in small paths around stacks of clay, filling our shelves to the gills.
In my pots I like to incorporate seemingly opposing qualities, such as sturdy and tender, sensuous and hard, expected and surprising. Massiveness of early American stoneware forms merge with the tender feelings evoked by sentimental imagery. A soft form with beautiful glaze may be heavier than expected.
My pots are high fired in a salt kiln. Salt firing is a labor-intensive process that gives unique and beautiful results. You may see small dots on the pots that are left by the tiny balls of wadding that must be used to prevent pots from sticking.
All pots are dishwasher and microwave safe. Some forms may be used in the oven if special care instructions are followed.
I have always been interested in artifacts, in ancient historical records, symbols on bowls, marks on tablets, the very earliest impulses to put our 'prints on the sands of time,' to decorate the implements of necessity, and thereby to create magic in their use. Placing marks on a surface feels like a profound act of humanity. My pots are usually begun on the wheel. The round pots are then altered and/or carved. Contrasting slips are often applied, and these surfaces are then drawn on, carved or otherwise manipulated. The pots are then usually bisque-fired, and partially or fully glazed with wood-ash or traditional shino- and celadon-type glazes.
I enjoy the interplay of glazed and raw clay, and the subtle changes in light reflectivity and color variation that come from the sliding and pooling of ash glazes and atmospheric traces over manipulated surfaces. To me, the sheer joy of experimenting and refining-and then, committing a piece to the mystery of the fire-is a consuming passion. The fact that beautiful and useful objects result from this process is an amazing gift. It is my hope that the vessels I make will bring healing energy and joy to those who choose to live with them.
The pots are fired to cone 10 (2350 ?F). Unless specially noted, you can assume that they are vitreous, food-safe, oven-safe and dishwasher-safe. Treat them well, and do not shock or drop them, and they should give many years of pleasurable service.
Neal and Barb enjoy the rhythm and pleasure of working at home, which includes an 1825 cape and eight acres shared with an orange Chow, a black mutt, and occasional deer, woodchucks, and wild turkeys. It's a rural setting with ample space for a studio, a garden, a bocce court and space for Tai Chi. There is easy access to a rail trail, canoeing, camping, art and music.
Neal throws most ware on the wheel but also has a real love for hand-building. His interest is in forms that work well for specific functions; a mug that fits well in the hand, a casserole that holds the heat, or a pitcher perfect for maple syrup. Barb, also a painter, decorates and glazes much of the ware, and also crafts clay pieces often with a whimsical twist. Potters since 1970, Neal and Barb still enjoy the challenge of experimenting, designing and decorating new forms.
The high fired stoneware is durable, suitable for dishwasher and microwave.
Since 2001 I've done my clay work in my garage studio in Lyman, Maine. This allowed me to continue working while raising my son, Nicholas, born in 2003. I host group events, a weekly open studio work session for friends, and try to have a studio sale every December, as time and schedule allows. When I need a break from sitting at the wheel, I can step outside to watch herons, cormorants and kingfishers visit the pond; or the occasional cow, fox or wild turkey wander by in the fields. Occasional work teaching at Maine College of Art keeps my clay work enlivened with new energy and ideas.
My functional stoneware is fired in a large electric kiln, which preserves the bright and vivid colors of my signature glazes. The work is durable, non-toxic, and safe for use in the oven, microwave or dishwasher, provided sudden temperature changes are avoided. Enjoy!
My interest in pottery began while taking a ceramics class as an elective in college. Although I ended up majoring in Art History, I feel that my studies only confirmed my interest in lovingly crafted objects. It was research for a paper on the Arts and Crafts Movement that really reinforced in me the relevancy of handmade, utilitarian objects in contemporary society.
I continue to find inspiration through the decorative arts of a variety of cultures. In my work I love to explore contrasting textures, colors and patterns, and the ways they can emphasize form.
All of my work is made from porcelain that has been oxidation fired to cone 5. I mix the glazes and stain from scratch. All pieces are microwave-safe and food-safe.
Robbi has been working with clay since she was 13, having been inspired at a demonstration given by a wonderful potter under a tent at a craft fair! This clay obsession led to art school and then to her own studio in the Ell of her 200 year old farm house.
She loves to work in stoneware clay and makes pieces that are both fun and functional. Her work reflects all the years of living and working on a small farm in both New Hampshire and later in her present home of Windsor, Maine where she is constantly inspired by the animals around her on her farm and in the surrounding country side.
Robbi decorates her stoneware pottery with a variety of brightly painted whimsical farm animals and wild creatures, from Hedgehogs to Ravens. She hopes that these pieces bring happiness to your life!
Maple Lane Pottery is made of a durable stoneware clay suitable for use in the oven, microwave and dishwasher. As with all pottery, avoid shocks of extreme changes in temperature.
Rebecca has been working with clay, teaching and firing kilns for nearly 20 years. She is a native of Western Maine, where she first developed her love of creating objects from the natural world. After 10 years in Taos, New Mexico, teaching art, building and firing wood kilns, she received her MFA in Ceramics at SUNY, New Paltz with a special focus on native clays.
Now Portland based, Rebecca’s current work is primarily wheel-formed earthenware, often altered, and low-fired in an electric kiln. Celebrating treasures one might find strolling the Maine woods, Rebecca uses lithography techniques from locally harvested plants, botanical illustrations and her own paper stencils to create contemporary surface designs.
For prolonged enjoyment of Rebecca’s wares, handwashing is recommended, and microwaving or oven use is not. All glazes are lead free and food safe. With proper care and handling, these unique earthenware vessels will last for many years. For best results, please avoid extreme shifts in temperature.
Rebecca May Verrill Ceramics 250 Anderson St. Portland, ME 04101 (575) 741-0109 firstname.lastname@example.org www.rebeccamayverrill.com