Simple clay shaped by potters’ hands into a dazzling array of beautiful and useful objects is what you’ll find at our gallery. From 28 studios located in various parts of Maine, each potter brings us work in her/his style. The potter chooses a specific kind of clay to work with, the clay determines what temperature is needed to correctly fire the pottery in the kiln. Anyone who has tried their hands at the process will tell you that making pottery has multiple steps before the clay piece gets placed in the kiln.
The potters who have been invited to be part of Mainely Pottery are skilled at their craft. Most have been working potters for 25 or 30 years. Some of the best pottery you’ll see combines craftsmanship and some risk. For example, layering glazes over each other can create beautiful effects; wood-fired pottery usually has unpredicted toasty colors due to the path of the flames. Raku is another style of pottery which combines skill and risk, creating unusual lusters. Besides fine craftsmanship, you’ll find several potters who embellish their work with designs to remind you of Maine.
We are open seven days a week May 1st through October 31st and four to five days a week in November and December. The gallery is closed from Christmas until May 1st except by chance or appointment.
Our hours change every month. In July and August we will be open daily 9-6. September brings us back to 9:30-5:30 daily. Always feel free to call us at 207-338-1108, to get directions or find out if we can stay later to accomodate your visit.