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The 9th annual Maine Pottery Tour welcomes visitors on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2. The self-guided Tour is an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of local potters in their studios.

Nearly 50 pottery studios around the state are organized into three regions of approximately 15 studios, allowing several studios to be visited in a single outing. It’s a 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.

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.

Participating Western/Central Region potters include: Fine Mess Pottery in Augusta, A Lakeside Studio Pottery in Wayne, Malley Weber in Hallowell, Maple Lane Pottery in Windsor, Bog Pond Pottery in Phillips, Red Door Pottery in Augusta, Sunset Haven Pottery in Paris, Martha Grover and Joshua Rysted in Bethel, Whitefield Pottery in Whitefield, Jeffrey Lipton Pottery in Litchfield, Whitney Gill in Bowdoin, The Potter’s House in Litchfield, d harwood Pottery aka Mudgirl in Winthrop, Miki Glasser Ceramics in Freedom, and Orchard Lane Studios in Minot.

Coastal Region potter include: Neighborhood Clay & Liz Proffetty Ceramics in Damariscotta, Tyler Gulden Ceramics in Walpole, Prescott Hill Pottery in Liberty, Fireside Pottery in Warren, Dragon’s Breath Pottery in Warren, Jody Johnstone Pottery in Swanville, Mainely Pottery in Belfast, EC Ceramicsin E. Blue Hill, West Third Ceramics in Belfast, Barbara Walch Pottery in Thorndike, Miki Glasser Van der Ven Studios in Lincolnville, Everyday Pottery in Belmont.

Southern Region participants include: Portland Pottery in Portland, Adrian King Pottery in Portland, Homeport Pottery in Kennebunkport, Wendy Twitchell Porcelain in Kennebunkport, Creative Energy Images in Cornish, Cedar Mountain Potters in Parsonsfield, Buckland Ceramics in Bridgton, Zwellen Pottery in Limington, Shannon Wong Pottery in Portland, Bentley Pottery in Portland, Delany Arts in Yarmouth, Heather Abt in Portland, Chari Chalmers in Westbrook, Muddy Toes Pottery in New Gloucester, Peeper Pond Studio in Scarborough, MEC Pottery in Cape Neddick, Southern Maine Pottery Guild in Kittery, and Ash Cove Pottery in Harpswell.

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