Human lives have been enhanced by clay for thousands of years.

We have used it for everything from carrying water to religious ritual. Early on, we began embellishing and “en-spiriting” these objects as a form of communication. These messages speak to us on an emotional level. Beauty moves us.

My mother was a potter. Thanks to her, from an early age I lived with pots made by many different potters. I learned to hear that unspoken language. As a young adult there was nothing I wanted to do more than follow along the same path.

Clay never ceases to intrigue me. There is always a new idea waiting to be explored. This constant refreshing keeps what I do challenging, even when I am repeating forms. There is a liveliness that comes through the clay, if I can just get out of the way.

It is my intention that the pots I make find their ways to homes where they will speak their quiet language, and in so doing, enhance the rituals of daily life. 

Visit the Studio

Fireside Pottery is open to the public from June to December: Wednesday through Friday, 10 – 4. Otherwise, we are often open by chance or appointment. Give us a call if you want to stop in for a visit!

Fireside Pottery
Nancy Button
1478 Camden Road
Warren, Maine 04864
studio phone: 207-273-3767
cell phone: 207-701-7158
email: nancyb@midcoast.com

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