Springtime in Maine can mean daffodils or snow, and sometimes both, but the first weekend in May has meant the Maine Pottery Tour for a decade. The 10th annual Maine Pottery Tour welcomes visitors on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. The self-guided tour is an opportunity to enjoy spring in Vacationland and the hospitality of local potters in their studios.

Nearly 60 pottery studios around the state are organized into four regions, allowing several studios to be visited in a single outing. It’s a chance to meet the artists, peek in the kilns, see demonstrations, and shop for pottery and other handmade goods. Interactive maps of each region are available at MainePotteryTour.org. The tour’s goal is to make people aware of the potters in the state and to cultivate an appreciation and affection for handmade pots.

Midcoast potteries participating in the tour are Autumn Cipala Ceramics, Thomaston, Clarry Hill Pottery, Union, Dragon’s Breath Pottery and Fireside Pottery, Warren; Magick Deery Studio, Appleton; Miki Glasser Ceramics and Van der Ven Studios, Lincolnville; Everyday Pottery, Belmont; Jody Johnstone Pottery, Swanville; Prescott Hill Pottery, Liberty and Unity Pond Pottery, Unity.

The tour is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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