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Throwing Back: Massachusetts Pottery Heritage

May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


On May 26th the Bidwell House Museum will begin its 34th season with a hands-on program that introduces visitors to the history of redware, a theme that will be found throughout the season’s programming.

Watch as renowned potter Rick Hamelin delves into the rich pottery legacy in New England and shares the captivating stories of the brave redware potters who fought valiantly during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. This unique event will be filled with tales of the unusual, the unknown, and the unpredictable and we invite you to explore the trade during the hands-on portion of the program. You’ll have the opportunity to experience the magic firsthand! Picture yourself passing from person to person a freshly made pot or feeling the texture of a dry and wet pot as it rotates on the wheel. Each participant will have the chance to create their very own pinch pot. Using the simple technique of pinching clay between your thumb and finger, you’ll craft a unique unfired cup which you will get to take home with you. Whether you’re a pottery enthusiast, history lover, or simply looking for a fun and hands-on experience, this workshop is for you.

Hailing from Central Massachusetts, Rick Hamelin has been honing his pottery skills since 1976 and has developed a deep fascination for the rich history of redware pottery. His works have been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions throughout the country, most recently in the show “American Clay: Modern Potters, Traditional Pots” at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. Drawing from his many years of experience teaching and working in museums, Hamelin continues to share his knowledge and passion for pottery with lectures and demonstrations throughout New England.

Following the demonstration there will be refreshments available to celebrate the opening of the 2024 season.

**Please note, the house is not open for tours during this event. The Museum officially opens for tours by appointment the following day, May 27**

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Monterey Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


May 26
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Bidwell House Museum
100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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