Wood-fired wine cup made by E & C Ceramics in Blue Hill. E & C CERAMICS PHOTO

Pottery Tour offers peek at diverse studios

Springtime in Maine can mean daffodils or snow, and sometimes both, but the Maine Pottery Tour has been held the first weekend in May for nearly a decade. In 2021, the 9th annual Maine Pottery Tour will be held Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2.

The self-guided tour is a chance to enjoy spring and see the creations and enjoy the hospitality of Maine potters in their studios. The roadtrip also is an opportunity for shopping for a special and unique Mother’s Day gift.

Blue Hill’s E & C Ceramics is among scores of potters’ studios welcoming visitors as part of the statewide tour. Nearly 50 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 fun chance to meet the artists, peek in the kilns, see demonstrations and shop for pottery and other handmade goods. 

The tour’s goal is to make people aware of Maine’s diverse potters 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?

Don’t need anything for the food and drink? 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 become, in the right hands.

A full list of participating studios and interactive maps of each region are available at MainePotteryTour.org.

For more info, email [email protected] and visit mainepotterytour.org.