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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.

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for Fall Classes starting:

Week of September 12th

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.

For more information on classes go to Classes page.

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Sunapee Craft Fair

Fluted turquoise pitcher and cups

August 6-14, 10 am – 5 pm daily
Booth # 619

Come see Iris Minc, at the annual League of NH Craftmen’s Fair  in Newbury NH at the Mt. Sunapee Ski Area Resort.

Last year  Iris won “Best in Show for Functional Ceramics” for her submission in Living with Crafts, porcelain turquoise pitcher with 4 cups.


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.