Fall 2015 Tour – A Potpourri of Pottery Studios

Open Studio Weekend – A Pottery Potpourri!

Written by Jennifer Boyer, retired from Thistle Hill Pottery

Vermont has a rich variety of clay artists, and it’s a treat to visit their studios. You could plan your whole Fall Open Studio October 3 & 4 experience just by following the roads to potteries.

Let’s look at them by County

NOTE: Studio numbers correspond to numbers on our free Vermont Studio Tour Map. See it online at this link: 

Chittenden & Addison Counties:
Studio Tour # 19 – Robert Compton Pottery offers a rare look at am amazing variety of hand thrown wood-fired stoneware. Even more interesting are the several different kilns on the property. A must see for any clay fan.

Chris Homer and Bob Compton with pottery.

Chris Homer and Bob Compton with pottery.

Studio Tour # 10 – Jean Meinhardt’s contemporary porcelain features unique microcrystalline glazes in an interesting palette.

Jean Meinhardt bowls.

Jean Meinhardt bowls.

Studio Tour # 27 – Andy Snyder of Mud Puppy Pottery specializes in functional artistic pottery for the home using a variety of techniques. See Andy’s brand new studio in Orwell complete with a couch for visitors who would like to sit and chat.

Andy Snyder Platter

Mud Puppy Studio platter.

Rutland, Windsor & Windham Counties:
Studio Tour # 34 – Nicholas Seidner & Diane Rosenmiller, husband and wife team,  of Rising Meadow Pottery offer wood, salt or soda-fired utilitarian pottery. Nick and Diane will also show a variety of their friends high quality artwork in their studio gallery.

Rising Meadow Pottery Bowl

Diane Rosenmiller’s lovely fluted bowl. See husband Nick’s work also at the gallery.

Studio Tour # 37 – David Stone has a variety of styles in burnished earthenware and stoneware.

David Stone Studio

David Stone stands on his Cuttingsville studio porch, ready to greet visitors.

Studio Tour # 58 – Walter Slowinski of Orchard Street Pottery specializes in wood fired and salt-glazed functional ceramics and teapots.

Walter Slowinski, Orchard St Pottery

Walter Slowinski makes teapots with branch handles among other ceramic forms.

Studio Tour # 49 – Matthew Tell of The Turnpike Road Pottery makes elegant wood and gas fired stoneware pottery. Matthew has been a part of Open Studio Spring for over 20 years and is a real master at his craft.

Matt Tell fires the kiln.

Matt stokes the kiln during a firing.

Studio Tour # 52 – Malcolm Wright is an internationally known clay artist who works with functional pottery and clay sculpture.

Malcolm Wright

“White Form” by Malcolm Wright. Photo by John Polak.

Studio Tour # 62NEW ARTIST – Virginia Wyoming makes stoneware pottery for home and garden.

Virginia Wyoming

Virginia makes a variety of pottery for the home and garden.

Studio Tour # 57 – Naomi Lindenfeld specializes in a unique line of colored clay pottery

Naomi Lindenfeld

Naomi Lindenwold works with layers of colored clay that she then carves and recombines.

Studio Tour # 46NEW ARTIST – Diane Echlin makes stoneware pottery and jewelry.

Diane Echlin

Diane Echlin’s jewelry shows off the lovely earthen colors of clay and glazes.

Studio Tour # 77 – Andrea Trzaskos of Frog Song Designs offers a beautiful line of hand-built, hand carved functional stoneware.

Andrea Trzaskos

Andrea Trzaskos carved peacock platter.

Studio Tour # 78 – Two Potters, Nathan & Becca Webb specialize in wood-fired stoneware pottery and will give tours through their two chambered kiln and new studio.

Two Potters.

From above looking at an autumn table setting of Two Potters pottery with Nathan and Becca Webb.

Studio Tour # 42 – Jane Wojick of Form and Function Pottery produces functional and sculptural stoneware. She will be showing at the Bennington Arts Guild.

Jane Wojick

Jane Wojick vase.

Orange, Washington & Lamoille Counties:

Studio Tour # 96NEW ARTIST – Noel Bailey features a line of functional high-fire porcelain.

Bailey ThumbStudio Tour # 100 – Mud Studio – A potter’s collective and educational center shows the work of more than 22 different people in the gallery. Also visit the wheel room and hand building areas to become tempted into a life of your own in clay.

Mud Studio, Abby Dreyer

Shown here, a handbuilt ceramic bird house by Abby Dreyer, one of the instructors at Mud Studio.

Studio Tour # 101SPECIAL EVENT – Jeremy Ayers makes functional and decorative ceramics in a studio on his grandfather’s property. Over Open Studio Weekend, Jeremy will celebrate his new studio in a renovated barn, just off the Main St in Waterbury VT.

Jeremy Ayers

Jeremy Ayers teapot. Jeremy makes many other forms for food and flowers.

Studio Tour # 105 – Lynn Flory of Mill Village Pottery produces functional pottery and tiles.

Lynn Flory

Lynn Flory has a showroom and studio filled with her work including examples like this.