Due to icy roads our Portland location will have limited staff today. Please call ahead and leave a message if no one answers and we will get back to you ASAP. Stay safe out there.

A note to our customers. This year has been very challenging. Thank you for your patience and commitment to the products and services we provide you. During the Covid-19 pandemic we have been hit with a number of set backs that have slowed the processing of most orders. Despite these circumstances we are working hard to come up with creative ideas to quicken our response and get your orders to you as soon as we can.

Braintree Supply Store (E-Mail Braintree):
Please place your orders at least one day ahead of time. It is easiest if you email a list of the items you are looking for to braintree@portlandpottery.com. We will call you as soon as your order is pulled and ready for pick up. Our Braintree store still remains closed to foot traffic, but you can still place orders for curbside pick up. We will not be able to fire kilns at our Braintree location until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Portland Supply Store (E-Mail Portland):
Our Portland store is open for browsing. We are happy to have you back in the store again! Two customers at a time please. Curbside is also available in Portland. It is recommended to place the order ahead of time whenever possible.

Portland Studio (E-Mail Studio):
Classes are available. Email us to sign up.

Portland Café
Open for inside and outside dining

Thank You Very Much,
Portland Pottery Crew

Contact info and hours for all locations

Upcoming Workshops

No Upcoming workshops scheduled at this time. Check back soon!

Past Workshops

Online Marketing Workshop with Nate Winter

Saturday 11/2/19 10:00-2:00 $ 45.00 (Portland Maine location)

Topics to be covered:

Professionally photographing work. Bring a few pieces to take photos.

Building a website.

Starting an online shop.

Tracking inventory.

Marketing though social media.

Raku Workshop with Lori Watts!

Saturday Oct 19th 12:00-4:00 (Portland Maine location)

Raku pottery is an ancient traditional method of firing ceramics developed by the Japanese. It is an exciting
way to create unique decorative pottery.
In this workshop, instructor Lori Watts, will guide students through glazing and firing in our Raku kiln at Portland Pottery Studio. Participants will assist with the firing and will polish off the soot and ash to unveil the smoke patterns and finished glaze. Participants should bring several pieces that are bisque fired and ready to be glazed. Tuition: $65.00 per person($45 for Portland Pottery students)

Portland Pottery Pumpkin Party!

Portland, ME location 

Saturday, October 19 • 11:00-12:30 • $25

Learn how to make terracotta pumpkins with pinchpots. Add some carving, texture and designs for very unique fall pumpkins. They will be fired and ready to pick up by Halloween.
$ 25.00 a person
All ages are welcome to this spooktacular party!

A Trio of Surfacing Techniques

With Kelsey Weber

June 1st and 2nd 10:00-2:30 $130.00 ( Portland Pottery Students $ 90.00 )

This two day hands-on workshop will be an exercise in expanding your options for surface design. Each participant will be provided three pieces to experiment with. The first will be leather hard and will be for learning slip techniques. The second will be bone dry and used with underglaze. The final piece will be bisqued for wax resist to introduce elements of control to the variability of cone ten reduction firing.

Kelsey Weber received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics with a minor in Public Engagement from Maine College of Art in 2015. In the years since she has been making pots in Maine, and seeing what she can of ceramics around the world. Most recently you can find her mixing glazes and recycling clay as a studio tech at Portland Pottery. She also regularly teaches both children and adults in the many different capacities Portland Pottery has to offer.

In her own work, surface is the motivating factor. Focusing on larger vessels and platters, she uses clay to build canvases for ample surface design. Pieces are made with imagery already in mind, and no detail is too small. Kelsey has been accepted at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Cardiff, Wales for a masters in ceramics. She will be leaving for the United Kingdom in August, and is looking forward to sharing what she knows with Portland Pottery students before she sets off.

Thrown, altered and assembled with Lori Watts

This will be a 4 hour interactive workshop on creating thrown & altered work using the potter’s wheel as a starting point.

Portland, ME

May 18, 2019 12:00-4:00 $ 65.00 / Portland Pottery Students $ 45.00

Techniques that will be demonstrated:

  • Squaring
  • Darting
  • Stretching
  • Cutting/re-assembly

Pieces that will be demonstrated:

  • Square & oval altered forms
  • Oval covered butter dishes
  • Asymmetrical (“jaunty”) lidded jars
  • Oval Gravy Boats
  • Thrown handles

Marketing Pottery Online w/ Milly Welsh

Portland, ME

Saturday   4-13-19    10 AM – 2:30 PM   $ 45.00

Milly Welsh of Zebralove Web Solutions is an expert at web development, Search Engine Optimization and she’s also a potter! Getting a web presence and selling online seems really daunting but Milly can break it down for you in easy to digest bites. Plus, it includes a handout so whatever you don’t remember, you can take with you and re-read later!

Topics Covered…
Why you should have a website, how to get one without breaking the bank and what elements need to be included for it to be the most successful
Best practices for selling on Etsy
SEO: How to optimize your products for the web and on Etsy
How to use social media to promote your business and increase sales

Peter Jones Workshop

“Improving your pottery skills with advanced throwing techniques”

Portland, ME

April 6, 2019 10:00-2:30 $ 65.00 / Portland Pottery Students $ 45.00

Throwing pots is a challenge, as we all know.  Trying to make the pots that you have in mind never seem to come out quite the way you had intended.  Making them taller and/or wider, thinner, lighter in weight and more “elegant” is not as hard as you may think.  In this workshop, you will learn simple techniques that will dramatically improve your throwing skills.  The class will begin with demonstrations of these techniques in the morning and follow up with personal help in the afternoon for those who want to try out these techniques on the wheel.  Several decorative techniques will also be displayed during the class to inspire you to try out new ideas.  Something for everyone!

Peter Jones has been throwing pots for 48 years and has been a full time potter in Maine since 1973.  He has won numerous awards at fine art shows around the country and has taught many pottery workshops in New Mexico, Florida, Colorado and Maine.  

Animal Sculpting with Rebecca Hillman

Portland, ME

Friday, Saturday & Sunday,  March 8, 9, 10  2019   10:00-1:00  Daily $195.00

Artist Rebecca Hillman will be joining us to talk about her sculptures, her inspiration and her techniques. This will be a hands-on workshop and students will have an opportunity to sculpt a
6 -12” animal of their choice. Participants are encouraged to bring pictures, samples and even models of their intended subjects. Day one will be spent creating the parts and base of the sculptures. Day two will be used to assemble the parts, add details and complete the finished pieces. Extra studio time to work on the sculptures will be available Friday from 9am-5pm,  Saturday from 9am -5pm and Sunday 9am -2pm.
Sculptures will be fired.

Teapot Workshop with Meryl Ruth

Portland, ME

Saturday March 2, 2019 , 10 AM – 2:30 PM    $65 / $45 Students

This workshop will give you Techniques and tips for creating a teapot. Meryl will explain her creative process through examples of her work and demonstrations. She will show you that anything and everything as a potential teapot !
This workshop will inspire you to create super creative teapots!!


Throwing Colored Clay with Zach Orenstein

Portland, ME

February 9, 2019  10:00-2:30   $ 45.00 

Learn how to make colored clay and agateware pottery with Zach Orenstein. In this hands on workshop, Zach with demonstrate his technique of making colorful, wheelthrown agateware pottery. How to color clay, as well as the firing temperatures for each color will be discussed during this workshop. Zach Orenstein is a graphic design artist living in Westbrook Maine. Even though pottery is a hobby for Zach, it does not stop him from being an active member of the ceramic community. Zach was a TA for the ceramics class at Haystack in May 2018, is part of the Maine Craft Association, is in a couple galleries in the U.S., and has even been a guest on ‘The Potter’s Cast’, which is one of the top Visual Arts podcasts on iTunes. Zach hopes to be accepted to Alfred University’s Fall 2019 MFA in Ceramics program.

Handbuilding Colored Clay – 2 Day Workshop with Karen Orsillo !

January 26 & 27
10:00-2:30 $ 130.00
(Portland Pottery Students $ 90.00)
In this hands on workshop you will learn how to color the clay and then create several basic colored clay patterns that will give you the skills to continue on to more complex patterns. I will demonstrate inlay, laminate and solid block construction methods. I will also show you some simple slab forming methods to make small forms with your patterned blocks during the workshop.

Wintery Fun Glass Ornaments w/ Annie

Saturday  12-8-18   11:00-12:30    $ 25.00 a person     (Portland, ME location)    Create beautiful glass ornaments or pendants.  

Learn how to cut, stack and fuse glass to create one of a kind ornaments !  They will be fired and ready to pick up by Christmas.                                    

Black Friday Kids Workshop


Need a FUN place for your child to be while you do your Christmas shopping ?


We will make LOTS of Christmas gifts with your child while you get those awesome Black Friday deals!

Wheel throwing, Ornaments, Glass pendants, Candle holders & more!
Ages 6 & up       $50.00 for a full day    $30.00 for 1/2 day  9:00-1:45   or    12:30-4:45

Kiln Repair & Maintenance

with Sam Thomason

Saturday, November 10, 2018   10:00am-2:30pm

Learn all about proper maintenance and repair for electric kilns. Our repair technician will discuss overall kiln maintenance, diagnosing kiln problems, error codes, and replacement parts. Demonstrations will include test firing, replacement of elements, thermocouples and relays.

$65.00($45.00 for students)

Put a Lid on It! with Tyler Gulden

Saturday     November 3, 2018  10:00-2:30      $ 65.00 / P.P. Students $ 45.00 

During this workshop participants will learn techniques to make tight-fitting and thoughtful lid solutions for their pots.    

covered/lidded forms address many different purposes-food storage, pouring vessels, decorative forms, even funerary urns.  With each form comes distinct concerns and cues that inform the decisions we make along the way.  In the end, each lid solution should be considered carefully to evaluate and compliment the form and its purpose.  

Workshop leader, Tyler Gulden, will cover a variety of lid and lid-seat styles suitable for wheel thrown and handbuilt pottery.  Once armed with this knowledge (and some practice ! ),  the process of making lids will become second nature. 

Image: Amber Canister, Salt & soda fired porcelain, 5.5x7x7″ ,2017  credit:  Photo by artist.  

Tim Christensen Sgraffito Workshop !

October 20, 2018  10:00-2:30   $ 65.00 /  $ 45.00 for Portland Pottery Students

Learn Sgraffito!

Come learn the theory, history, and technique of sgraffito on porcelain from well known artist, Tim Christensen.  In this fast paced and FUN class, work on prepared porcelain forms (yours or supplied by Tim) to create vibrant, dynamic, and timeless designs in this, the oldest of historical documentation media. Create a beautiful communicative etching on the surface of a functional piece of porcelain pottery! Participants will select a form, cover with slip, and using the tools provided and under the kind and interesting guidance of Tim, will etch in black and white on the surface of the pot.  Pots will be packed to travel, or can be fired and shipped for a nominal charge. All tools and materials will be provided, and no experience is necessary.

Kintsukuroi “Golden Repair” Workshop

October 12, 2018    12:00-2:00

Broken Pots ? Learn how to mend pottery with gold.
Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or  platinum. The philosophy treats breakage and repair as part of the history of the object with the understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.  Bring your own pottery pieces otherwise we will have some available to break and mend.
Modern materials will be used.
Pieces will be decorative use only.
Ceramic knowledge isn’t neccessary.
Tuition: $25.00 a person
Call to Register !

AMACO Workshops with Diana Faris!

Hands-on glazing workshops for Clay Artists and Art Teachers focusing on expanding options for using glazes and underglazes. Participants may register for Low-fire or Mid/High-fire sessions or both!

Mid/High Fire AMACO Glazes

Braintree, MA  Wednesday August 15, 2018   5:00-8:00   $ 25.00 each

Portland, ME  Saturday August 18, 2018   9:00-1:00  $ 25.00  each

Blend and layer cone 5-6 brushing glazes to create your own color values and glaze effects. AMACO Celadon and Potters Choice oxidation glazes provide limitless possibilities to achieve your own surfaces without all the dry materials and chemicals.  Application and firing variables will be reviewed and reference materials provided.

This is a hands-on workshop with visual presentations to explore Volumetric Mixing and glaze interactions. An assortment of glazes will be available for mixing and layering your own colors on textured bisque tiles. Participants are askeed to bring their own small bisque pots or test tiles to glaze during class. Clay must be mid-range (cone 5-6 and already bisque-fired to cone 04)

Low fire AMACO Glazes & Underglazes

Portland, ME  Friday August 17, 2018   12:00-4:00   $ 25.00 each

A range of low-fire glazes and underglazes will be presented and their properties explored. Participants will experiment with liquid, semi-moist, pencil and chalk underglazes to draw and paint on bisque as well as paint with the mixable TP glazes.  6”x6” low-fire bisque tiles will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own low-fire clay test tiles or small pieces to decorate. Cone 04 bisque is recommended, especially for low-fire glaze work. Color brochures with fired examples images will be provided to each participant.

Diana began teaching pottery in 1992, completing her MFA in Ceramics at UF (Gainesville) in 1995. She is currently Director of Educational Outreach at AMACO, teaching workshops around the country. Her previous clay-work experience includes four years as Glaze Department Manager and two years as Fabrication Studio Director at Historic Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, creating heirloom quality hand-made tiles. She likes to create narrative tile murals, figurative sculptures and wheel-thrown, assembled pots.

Shimpo Ceramics Workshop

with Karen Wise

June 8th 10:00-2:00
$ 25.00
(Braintree, MA location)

June 9th 10:00-2:30
$ 25.00
(Portland,ME location)

Karen Wise received her Bachelors Degree from Northeastern Illinois University where she majored in Art and Secondary education and Middle School education with an emphasis in studio ceramics. Karen currently works for Shimpo Ceramics, a pottery equipment manufacturer, full time. She travels the U.S. giving pottery demonstrations on her artwork with slide shows on historical and contemporary artists and techniques. Her pieces are displayed at shows across the country. She currently resides in Seattle, WA but can be found in numerous states across the US throughout the year.

Karen will talk about the history of Shimpo Ceramics while she demonstrates throwing various forms on the Whisper wheel. As well as her carving technique with glaze inlay, a little handbuilding and quadruple-layer glaze technique on her new bourgeoisie line of pieces.

Hands-On Porcelain

With Martha Grover

May 19th • 10am-4pm
Price $85 ($65 Students)

Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel as Martha Grover demonstrates how to make her signature undulating functional forms. In this hands-on workshop, Martha will share her special throwing and altering techniques that exploit this elegant and sensuous material’s best qualities. Working with a variety of bottomless wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages, Martha will demonstrate various altering techniques and additions of slabs, handles, and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms. Crack repair and mending techniques will be addressed, as well as the use of a spray gun for glaze application. Martha will also talk about her sources of inspiration, philosophy of making, and studio practices.
Martha Grover is a functional potter, living in Bethel Maine, creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. She attended Bennington College, where she received her undergraduate degree in Architecture. After a fifth year in ceramics at Syracuse University, Martha went on to receive her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
After graduate school, she was awarded multiple residencies and fellowships including the Fogelberg Fellowship at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Sage Scholarship and Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation , and a yearlong residency at Red Lodge Clay Center. Her work can be found at many galleries across the country. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Pottery Making Illustrated, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases. It was the cover feature of Ceramic Monthly’s May 2010 issue.

Creating a Series w/ Tom DeYoung

Saturday April, 28th 10AM – 2:30 PM

Have you wanted to create your own set of mugs, cups, dinner ware…? Have you thought, “I can’t make two pots that look alike, never mind being close in size.” This workshop will work to; set up your “office/desk”, building your skills to be more consistent, creating what is in your head and on your paper, and finishing the series. This workshop will provide demonstrations of creating mugs, bowls, handles, lids; to provide you with habits and exercises that build your skills, fine tune your skills and help find what makes your pieces unique yet the “same.” Come with ideas and drawings of at least one series that you want to create.

Tom DeYoung has a B.A. in art education with ceramics focus from Adrian College. Tom worked for two major production potteries as a potter for over five years, making their pots. Tom now works on his own creations as Blue Point Pottery, with commissions for; a local brewery, businesses and individuals, and working in high school special education.

$65/ $45 Students

Date Night: Throwin’ Mugs

Wednesday April 25th • 6:00pm-9:00pm
Reservations Required
Couples will throw cups on the wheel and learn to attach handles to make their own unique mugs. Participants will choose colors for their pots to be glazed. The workshop will be followed by a candle lit dinner prepared by our in-house Chef. Mugs will be available for pick up in two weeks. Singles Welcome!

To Start:
Baby Green & Berry Salad
crumbled goat cheese, toasted almonds, and apricots
with chocolate balsamic vinegar

Choice of Entree:
Parmesan Crusted Halibut
over asparagus with lemon pepper risotto

Marinated Chimichurri Flank Steak
with cilantro, parsley, oils served with a side of pesto pistachio pasta and seared tomatoes

Pasta Primavera
(gluten free pasta available)

To Finish:
Salted Carmel Chocolate Tart
with coffee gelato
with Claret sauce & pistachio short bread

$85 per person • Gratuity, tax, beverages included • Pre-Payment Encouraged
We can accommodate special dietary needs, please let us know when making reservations
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness

Marketing Pottery Online w/ Milly Welsh

Saturday April 14th, 10 AM – 2:30 PM

Milly Welsh of Zebralove Web Solutions is an expert at web development, Search Engine Optimization and she’s also a potter! Getting a web presence and selling online seems really daunting but Milly can break it down for you in easy to digest bites. Plus, it includes a handout so whatever you don’t remember, you can take with you and re-read later!

Topics Covered…
Why you should have a website, how to get one without breaking the bank and what elements need to be included for it to be the most successful
Best practices for selling on Etsy
SEO: How to optimize your products for the web and on Etsy
How to use social media to promote your business and increase sales

Carving the Surface with Simon “Siem” Van der Ven

In this one-day workshop, Simon “Siem” van der Ven will cover two specific techniques drawn directly from his body of work. He will show how draws an accurate grid onto the surface of a pot and will demonstrate how he throws double-walled forms. If workshop participants are interested in trying these techniques under guidance they are encouraged to bring a piece of leather-hard greenware and the following tools:

New pencil


Heat gun

Throwing stick


Other favorite throwing tools

Singles Soiree – Clay, Wine & Dessert


Wednesday February 14th, 8-10pm, $40
Come get down and dirty in the Portland Pottery studios. Spend the evening creating one of a kind clay pieces, experience the pottery wheel, play some clay games and laugh a lot.
We will celebrate with wine, beer and an assortment of delicious Portland Pottery Café scratch made desserts.