Kiln openings

Mark Hewitt Pottery > Kiln Openings

Summer Kiln OpeningGrouping of Mark Hewitt Pottery, two sweet jars, a stein and a mug

Saturday, June 5  10-5pm
(Preview 9-9:50am)
Sunday, June 6   noon-5pm
& (two extra days)
Thursday, June 10  10-5pm
Friday, June 11   10-5pm
Saturday, June 12  10-5pm
Sunday, June 13   noon-5pm

Re: COVID guidelines: Our check-out area is outside, and our large barn/showroom with open doorways is more like being outside than in. So, we are making face coverings at your discretion. Thursday and Friday are likely to not be crowded at all, and if you wish a private appointment, we are happy to arrange that.

To be notified about kiln openings via email and/or postcard, please sign up here. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@markhewittpottery) for photos of the kiln loading, firing and unpacking, and images of the new pots!

Kiln Openings ~ BC ( Before COVID) and now

Pre-2020: For the past 30+ years, we’d fire a load of about 1500 pots in one our massive wood-burning kilns three times a year, and hold a “Kiln Opening.” We’d unpack the kiln, clean and price all the pots, load up the shelves and tables in our barn/showroom, send out a postcard, email, and social media posts, and open up to the public for two lively weekends of selling pots. We held Kiln Openings in the Spring, late Summer, and the first two weekends in December. They were fun, festive events with plenty of pots for everyone. Light refreshments were served in Mark’s workshop. Customers, friends, and family came from far and wide for good chat, a chance to tour the pottery workshop, wander inside the kilns, meet our current apprentices, shop, and enjoy our idylic country setting surrounded by the meadows and pond. Children were (& still are!) always welcome ~ we have a swing set and playhouse just to make their visit more enjoyable:)

Then came 2020.  In March 2020 we were forced to furlough our two apprentices and cancel our spring firing and Spring Kiln Opening. Mark fired the smaller gas kiln a couple of times which resulted in far fewer pots, but the results, thankfully, were lovely. In lieu of sales here at the pottery, we created and opened an online store, which was wonderful for customers from around the country and beyond who weren’t able to come to our kiln openings. We even shipped pots to people in our local area when we were all cautiously keeping our distance. Eventually we put together a quarantined crew to pack and fire the big wood kiln and we figured out a way to hold a safe Summer Kiln Opening by extending it from two weekends to nine full days, and scheduling appointments so only a few people were here at any given time. It was different, and maybe a bit less festive, but it was something, and the feedback we got was that folks loved having their own appointment!

So, we did it again for our Holiday Kiln Opening 2020! We opened up on Black Friday, November 27th, and were open for at least a few hours a day, and all day on weekends until December 23rd!

Summer 2021 We are firing the kiln in late May and holding a June Summer Kiln Opening (details above.) We’ve added extra days to spread out the visitors. We follow COVID guidelines, and our large barn/showroom makes physical distancing easy.

There will be only two firings in 2021 with Kiln Openings in June and December.  To receive a postcard and/or email about our kiln openings, including sneak preview photos a few days before the kiln opening, please sign up here. For more photos and news, follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@markhewittpottery.)

We are always open by appointment  if you’d like to visit the pottery.  Please call 919-542-2371 or email us at sales@hewittpottery.com. We always have a lovely selection of finely crafted pottery for yourself or for the perfect gift. We follow COVID guidelines, and our large barn/showroom makes physical distancing easy.

Other opportunities to purchase pots?
Again, we ship pots all around the world, from our online store,  as we have very little pottery available in galleries and stores.

Who made what?
For help identifying which potter – Mark or his apprentices  – made a piece of our pottery you can view information about the stamps they each put on the bottom of their pots here.

Thanks for reading all this! We hope to see you here are the pottery one day soon:)

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