Neal and Barb Loken
26 Bowman Street
Farmingdale, ME 04344
Neal and Barb enjoy the rhythm and pleasure of working at home, which includes an 1825 cape and eight acres shared with an orange Chow, a black mutt, and occasional deer, woodchucks, and wild turkeys. It's a rural setting with ample space for a studio, a garden, a bocce court and space for Tai Chi. There is easy access to a rail trail, canoeing, camping, art and music.
Neal throws most ware on the wheel but also has a real love for hand-building. His interest is in forms that work well for specific functions; a mug that fits well in the hand, a casserole that holds the heat, or a pitcher perfect for maple syrup. Barb, also a painter, decorates and glazes much of the ware, and also crafts clay pieces often with a whimsical twist. Potters since 1970, Neal and Barb still enjoy the challenge of experimenting, designing and decorating new forms.
The high fired stoneware is durable, suitable for dishwasher and microwave.