September 14 2015

Master Potter to Give Demonstration at Historical Society


The Burlington Historical Society is kicking off the fall season with a presentation from Rick Hamelin, a master potter also known as the Pied Potter. 


The event, funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, will take place on Thursday, October 1 in the Murray-Kelly wing of the Human Services Building at 61 Center Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The society has a guest fee of $2 per person and an annual membership is $15 for a family and $12 for an individual. The presentation is followed  by a short business meeting and break for coffee and (mostly home-baked) goodies, followed by a Mystery Raffle, finishing up about 9:30 p.m.   


The Pied Potter, not to be confused with the piper, is a skilled craftsman who travels to demonstrate his work and creative techniques. Hamelin has been potting since 1976 and became committed to learning about the historical redware potters after learning of the Colonial and Early American industries that existed in Central Massachusetts, his website says. 


He makes redware pottery that is thrown on the wheel and after a drying period his works are “bisque” and then covered in a glaze of his creation. The result is a food-safe creation with a very classic and yet unique look. 


Find out more at his website here

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