Connecticut is home to hundreds of talented ceramic artists with cool studios and awesome galleries. We visited five of them in the NW corner, which is truly breathtaking at this time of year. So, if you like to leaf peep with purpose, enjoy our CT Ceramics Trail and buy something beautiful!
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Take a drive or shop online – click titles to link to each studio. Just be sure to check their business hours as they may change. Google map below!
Canton Clay Works – Canton
Situated in the historic district of Canton, Canton Clay Works’ facility is located in the Canton Creamery, circa 1893. Owner Tim Scull specializes in a vast array of firing techniques rarely found in one location. Wood firing, Raku, and Saggar firing, and numerous canonization techniques. Tim also offers intensive and experiential firing workshops for ceramic artists.
DBO Home – Sharon
DBO Home husband + wife design team, Dana and Daniel, handcraft everyday luxuries for the home including porcelain tableware, hand-stitched leather accessories, lighting, custom furniture, and bronze objects. Before moving to Sharon in 2007, Dana was a marketing exec for Elektra Records working with artists like Metallica, AC/DC, and Bjork. And Daniel was an acclaimed sculptor represented by 303 Gallery. They bring a bit of rock n roll and fine art to their work, which we love!!
Cornwall Bridge Pottery – Cornwall
Established in 1974, Todd Piker’s Cornwall Bridge Pottery is well known near and far, and has many collectors and fans! In non-COVID times you may stop by and get to watch potters at work. We perused a fully stocked showroom full of bowls, mugs, pitchers, plates, planters, and lamps for everyday living (we picked up some gorgeous coffee mugs). They also have a great “seconds” floor and sales online!
Dumais Made – Bantam
Dumais Made pottery studio in Bantam specializes in handmade lamps and accessories. Kevin + Charlie Dumais (self-proclaimed perfectionists) offer a straightforward, simplistic design inspired by modernist sculpture. We LOVE the clean lines and textures of their lamps and major swoon on their new gilded lamp bases.
Bantam Tileworks – Bantam
Bantam Tileworks is a longtime favorite of ours to visit for gifts, mugs, vases…and to browse their handmade tiles and dream of future projects! The glazes and textures that owners Darin Ronning + Travis Messinger come up with are unique and beautiful!
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Pics: Lora Karam / Words: Bev Canepari