Friday, February 24, 2023

Friday, February 17, 2023

Dopamine Dining

 I keep reading this phrase: dopamine dressing. I hadn't heard it until recently but I immediately knew what it meant. We've all done it! Colors that make you happy, jeans that make your butt look amazing, clothes that just feel very you & make you happy. 

I've started to think of using handmade dishware as dopamine dining. A mug or bowl that you love, that reflects an attitude of joy or serenity or high energy, or makes you smile - gives you what I call joy-zings but what might also be called dopamine hits. If you improve your experience of ordinary activities - & what could be more ordinary than preparing & eating food & drink? - you've improved your daily life. And guess what? Your daily life is the only life you have!

Tl;dr: Buy & use handmade pottery. See ya at the Maine Pottery Tour, May 6 & 7! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Save the Date! May 6 & 7


Spring will be here before we know it, and the 2023 Maine Pottery Tour is only 3 months away! This year the tour happens on Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7. 

We are shaping up to have more than 60 studios on the tour this year, from Portsmouth (YES I KNOW - but it's almost Maine!) to Philips, to several studios in the Blue Hill area. 

Pottery, sculpture, bright earthenware, subtle atmospheric pots...there's something for every lover of the ceramic arts. We hope to see you there! 

Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Printable Maps are Here!

Printable flyers for each of the regions are available at the links below. Each has a full list of participating studios in that region, with the address, (in most cases) a photo, and a map to help you plan your route. 

Links here:

Central Region 

Coastal Region

Southern Region

Portland Region

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Brownie Troop Earns Pottery Badge at Peeper Pond Studio

Members of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1097 earned their Potter Badge this fall with the help of Fiddlehead Center for the Arts and Peeper Pond Studio.

The twelve Scarborough second- and third-graders learned how to work with clay at Fiddlehead.  They created leaf print pinch pots, painted ceramic tiles to be glazed, and sculpted using polymer clay.  After the pieces dried and were fired in a kiln, they returned to glaze their pieces before a final firing.

The girls also toured  Peeper Pond Studio, a working pottery studio in Scarborough.  There they learned about the different ways of shaping and decorating clay.  Several of the girls tried using the wheel.  Everyone had a fun, muddy time.

Troop Leader, Kristy Capponi says that “The experience of working with clay is invaluable for self esteem and self expression.  It allowed the girls to learn how to solve problems in a safe setting.”  Clay also has a uniquely therapeutic quality that engages students for hours, improving sensory development, motor skills, discipline, and pride.

 “The girls learned that the little details make a big difference.”  Says Ellen McCarthy of Peeper Pond Studio.

Brownie Troop 1097 will have a display of their work at Peeper Pond Studio during the Maine Pottery Tour April 30th and May 1st.