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Carbon Trap Shino Vases by Iris MincElegant shapes with a touch of whimsy…enhanced with rich, jewel-like glazes…please the eye and the hands that hold them.

These are the trademarks of Purple Sage Pottery, located in the town of Merrimac in northeastern Massachusetts.

The slab built and wheel thrown reduction-fired pottery of potter Iris Minc is available year-round for purchase from the Purple Sage gallery.

Twice annually the studio puts on a Pottery Sale Extravaganza, where the public may purchase the functional and decorative wares, and clay sculptures of another 14 New England potters.

At Purple Sage, you can take pottery classes from one of several dedicated teachers, enjoy open studio time on Saturdays or rent studio space.

Purple Sage News

Bowl with spiral paint palletteSign up NOW
for Spring Classes starting:
Week of March 27th

We offer classes for all ages taught by teachers as committed to teaching as they are to pottery. While grounded in the fundamentals of hand-building, throwing and glazing, we strive to nurture your creative spirit. Classes are small, having at most 10 students. You can take full advantage of our well-equipped studios, including electric wheels, slab rollers, extruders and various tools. We have an extensive selection of beautiful reduction-fired glazes. Your work is handled with great care, and we pride ourselves on the exceptional results we get from our 70 cubic foot gas fired kiln.

New!  We are offering a new morning class taught by Beth Bell. It will be for Beginners and Beyond on Tuesday mornings, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Sign up now for Kids Summer Camp
Wednesday afternoons, June 21st – July 19th!

For more information on classes go to Classes page.

Click here for class brochure


Spring Studio Open House and Sale


Bottle with Trees by Wendy Jackson

The potters at Purple Sage invite you to their annual Spring Sale Extravaganza! The whole studio will be transformed into a pottery market, showcasing the varied works of 23 local clay artists.  In addition to our usual roster, this time we will be showcasing the works of three guest artists: Larry Elardo, Steven Zoldak and Maureen Mills. Also twelve  Purple Sage Pottery students will be exhibiting and selling their works.

May 6th, 10 am – 5 pm
May 7th, noon – 5 pm



Lotus Pottery Piece by Iris

Iris’ award winning installation.

Four feet in diameter, consisting of five large leaves, three small leaves, three flowers and a bud. The small leaves and flowers are supported by gently curved copper pipe. Great for a pool with a water fountain spraying over it. Available for purchase.

New Gallery Section

We now have an expanded photo gallery with glaze samples, and pictures of all the standard production items that we make here at Purple Sage Pottery and a corresponding price list, plus some of our one-of-a-kind pieces.