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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.

Bowl with spiral paint palletteSign up NOW
for Spring Classes starting:
Week of March 26th

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.

Call or email us to sign up for classes.

Special Winter Workshop

Surface Design with Maureen Mills

February 17th & 18th, 10 am – 5 pm
Fee: $170

Maureen Mills is passionate about surface design and decoration, in fact, she has written one of the best books on the subject, “Surface Design for Ceramics” published by Lark Books in 2008. Sign up now for her special workshop! Space is limited!

Special Spring WorkshopNaked Raku Vases by Scott Tubby

Naked Raku with Scott Tubby

April 7th glazing 10 am – 1 pm
April 8th firing 10 am – 5 pm
Fee $170

Bring some bisque fired pieces to glaze and fire. This is a low fire process similar to Raku firing. Your pieces will be covered in a sacrificial clay slip which will get removed afterward. You can decorate with wax resist to create areas of black. After firing to a low temperature, your pieces will get pulled out of the kiln with tongs and will be immersed in buckets of combustibles and left to smolder. The smoke will turn any areas of the pot not covered with slip, including  the crackle patterns, shades of black and gray.

For more information on classes go to Classes page.

Click here for class brochure


bottle by Hirom Satoh

Fall Studio Open House and Sale

The potters at Purple Sage invite you to their annual Fall Sale Extravaganza! The whole studio will be transformed into a pottery market, showcasing the varied works of a number of local clay artists.

November 11th, 10 am – 5 pm
November 12th, noon – 5 pm

plate by Beth Bell





pitchers by Iris Minc

League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

It’s the 86th annual League of NH Craftmen’s Fair in Newbury, NH!

See Iris at Sunapee
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August 4-12, 2018

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.

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.