Maine is home to many clay artists — potters and sculptors, all working with earth, water, air and fire to make beautiful, useful and intriguing objects. It takes a certain kind of person to work in clay … and although each potter works with the same basic ingredients, each leaves a strong trace of his or her own personality in the clay, glazes and the firing methods chosen.

Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, everyone has an opportunity to meet the creative people who throw the pots and fire the kilns. The Maine Pottery Tour celebrates its seventh year with 43 studios welcoming the public to meet the artists, peek in the kilns and shop for pottery and other fine handmade work. Visitors might even try the wheel themselves.

There are three legs to the tour: Central Maine; Coastal, which includes the Midcoast; and Southern. For a complete list of participating studios, visit mainepotterytour.org. The website has links to studios and an interactive map to plan a self-guided pottery road trip. Part of the guidance is the Maine Pottery Tour sign displayed outside participating sites.

Midcoast stops on the coastal leg of the tour include: van der Ven Studios, 257 Main St., Lincolnville Center; Camden Clay Co., 42A East Fork Road, Camden; Fireside Pottery, 1478 Camden Road/Route 90, Warren; Pottery Farm, 943 Belfast Road, Knox; Jean Hardy, 185 Back Belmont Road, Belfast; Belfast Clay, 132 High St., Belfast; Everyday Pottery, 103 Northport Road, Belmont; Prescott Hill Pottery, 261 Prescott Hill Road, Liberty; and Barbara Walch Pottery, 33 Knox Station Road, Thorndike.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.