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13th Annual Pottery Tour & Sale :: July 27th & 28th, 2019, 10am-5pm. Back Roads :: Summertime :: Great Pots

Maya Machin

193 Hill Road
Ashfield, MA

(413) 628-4438


Growing up on a homestead in Vermont instilled in me a backbone of function and utility that is reflected in each piece I make, however fanciful its form. I use wild and local materials in some of my slips and glazes including wood ash and clay dug right out of the ground. I wheel-throw my work from white stoneware and fire it to cone 10 in a wood-burning kiln for approximately 18 hours. Wood-firing allows me to be physically engaged in the firing process but at the same time, forces me give up control and realize that the fire will do what its wants at the end of the day. The elements of surprise, unpredictability, and variation add richness to my pots that my hand alone could not create.

More than anything else, I draw inspiration from the fact that the pot I am forming in my hand has the potential to become an intimate part of someone’s daily routine - bringing joy and purpose to daily activities that can easily become mundane.

A few years ago, I converted the second story of our beautiful old barn into a studio and showroom. Come see us, look at some pottery, and visit the chickens and garden! Ashfield is a beautiful, quaint New England town with a lovely little downtown... a good place to have lunch.

Guest: Todd Wahlstrom

Maya built a wood burning kiln in 2017 after the tour. You will be able to see new pots from it this year!


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