About Nancy

I became a potter through a traditional path of apprenticeship from mother to daughter, a rare experience these days. When my mother went back to college she took a pottery class, and it was love at first touch. Before long she had a studio and a gas kiln built by my dad. Clay had moved into my home.In 1972 I moved to Temple, Maine, where my partner and I became homesteaders, building our home from wood and stone off our land and living without plumbing or electricity. We set up my first studio and wood fired kiln in those mountains that march across western Maine.

I struggled for many years to find my way with clay, to support myself financially while creating pots that were both well crafted and beautiful. Persistence paid off, and I learned to truly dance with the clay. In 1983 I moved to Maine’s midcoast region and discovered porcelain marking a major shift in my style. My proximity to the ocean brought new fluidity to my work.

I now live on a blueberry barren in Warren, Maine, where I’ve built a home and studio. Here I divide my time between making pots, and all my other life passions. I love to see visitors, please feel free to swing by the studio at any time we are open, for more information on visiting, please click here.

Nancy Button working in the pottery studio
Inside Fireside Pottery in MidCoast Maine

Inside Fireside Pottery

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what this world needs is more people who have come alive.”

-Howard Thurman