Laurel MacDuffie

Laurel McDuffie, Cedar Mountain PottersCedar Mountain Potters
858 Middle Rd.
Parsonsfield, Maine 04047

Probably the best thing my parents ever did was refuse to own a television. While I sadly missed seeing one giant leap for mankind, I learned from the start how to use my imagination and make beautiful things. In 2012 I was able to finally put those skills to the test and now rely solely on my two hands to support myself. I joined my husband, David Orser, as a full time potter in our small studio, where we shuffle carefully in small paths around stacks of clay, filling our shelves to the gills.

In my pots I like to incorporate seemingly opposing qualities, such as sturdy and tender, sensuous and hard, expected and surprising. Massiveness of early American stoneware forms merge with the tender feelings evoked by sentimental imagery. A soft form with beautiful glaze may be heavier than expected.

My pots are high fired in a salt kiln. Salt firing is a labor-intensive process that gives unique and beautiful results. You may see small dots on the pots that are left by the tiny balls of wadding that must be used to prevent pots from sticking.

All pots are dishwasher and microwave safe. Some forms may be used in the oven if special care instructions are followed.