Rackliffes retire

Dennis and Margaret “Peg” Rackliffe, owners of the multi-generation business Rackliffe Pottery on the Ellsworth Road in Blue Hill, pause momentarily in front of their kiln last week. The couple are selling the property. The closing is scheduled for June 8. Beginning in 1968, Dennis’s father and mother, Philip and Phyllis, began producing their own pottery line from the clay extracted from a hillside on family land in East Blue Hill. The late couple had trained at the famed Rowantrees Pottery studio founded by Adelaide Pearson in 1934. Dennis said he and Peg are selling due to “old age.” At age 75, he’s tired of working six days a week. “We’ve got plenty of things to do at our home that’s been neglected for the past 25 years,” said Dennis. No word was yet available on the couple who intend to purchase the property or what their plans might be.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Reporter and columnist at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.

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