After 6 great years in PR, we’ve decided to move back to the US mainland.

Therefore our house/pottery studio/gallery is for sale. If you’ve always wanted to enjoy living a relaxed lifestyle in scenic, green countryside less than a 10 minute drive from beautiful Caribbean beaches then this could be property for you!

Please visit the following page for more details…

http://www.rinconpottery.com/forsale

 

For Sale

House for Sale!

Have fun with friends and family and create special gifts for the holidays or for a special occasion. Rincón Pottery is now offering one hour sessions for you to make your very own plates full of memories, or “MemoPlates” as we like to call them!

During these sessions, you will be supplied with everything you need to make these completely functional 5 inch square hand-built plates. Using stamps, shells, corals and colored underglazes you will be able to decorate them and create your own unique masterpieces. This experience is suitable for all ages (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).

Make a MemoPlate…
• As a unique gift for the grandparents this holiday season
• To mark the arrival of a new baby (e.g. baby hand prints)
• To commemorate a special occasion (e.g. birthday, anniversary or honeymoon)
• For use during a special event (e.g. a ring plate for your wedding)
• Just to have fun!

Book a session for yourself or bring a group of friends. The cost is $25 per plate, with a minimum of $50 (i.e. 2 plates) per 1 hour session. This includes all materials, glazes and firings. Shipping, if needed, is not included (around $10 per shipping address).
Clay takes time to dry and fire, so plates are usually ready 4 weeks after the date of the workshop.

Call or email us for more info, or to make a booking.
Visit our website for contact information.

Click here to read a recent customer review of a MemoPlate experience:

Click here to see photos of Hands on Clay experiences at Rincón Pottery

Our Etsy shop is now up. Whether it is for a birthday, holiday or wedding (or simply to treat yourself), beautiful and unique gifts from Rincón Pottery are only a click away!

Miri has listed a wide selection of her work, including mugs, rum cups, bowls, plates and necklaces and new items will continue to be added over the coming days and weeks.

Several items feature the famous Taino Indian Coqui (tree frog) image and others are textured using shells and pieces of coral found on the beaches of western Puerto Rico. Continuing the Puerto Rican (especially Rincón) theme there are also “shaka” (hang loose) stamped pieces for the surfer in your family.

Why delay? Come shopping today by clicking here!

Are you looking for fun, artistic and creative things to do in Rincon, Puerto Rico, that don’t rely on the sun shining?

If so, then look no further; Rincon Pottery is the answer. We offer ‘Hands on Clay’ workshops (either 1 or 2.5 hours) that give you a chance to get your hands dirty with clay. Never worked with clay before? No problem, beginners are welcome! The lessons include an introduction to working with clay and the various techniques that you will try your hand at. Experience both hand building and wheel throwing – make a masterpiece! In the longer workshop you are able to paint and decorate your pottery creations with colored under-glazes. Workshops are available either as private sessions or for small groups (max. 4 people)

We also have a ceramics “art gallery” with a wide range of work on display and for sale. From small Taino inspired souvenirs (coqui, sol de jayuya etc.) to large bowls, the gift shop has something to suit every taste and price range.
It is an ideal place to stock up on hand-crafted gifts for loved ones back home (shipping available) or simply to pick up a hand-made memento of your vacation. The essence of Rincon Pottery is “functional art” and once you see it, you will understand why!

Our studio and gallery is located in the green hills of Cruces, Rincon and is easily accessible from the surrounding towns of Mayaguez, Atalaya, Aguada, Aguadilla and Isabela.

For more information please visit our website www.rinconpottery.com and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our blog survived for 3.5 years but for now, we’re all blogged out. Those of you who are into pottery are invited to join me on my Rincón Pottery facebook page (click to check it out), where the updates are frequent. If the muse strikes again, we will be back. In the meantime, so long and thanks for all the fish!


Sunset in Cruces (Photo by Nick)

Our two prickly pear cacti in the front planter had been dormant for a while, but just recently they have both exploded with new growth!

Crazi Cacti

I can see cactus quesadillas in our near future… yum yum! :-)

Truth be told, I was a bad pottery student…  Ok, a bit of context.  I started taking “continuing education” pottery classes while I was in graduate school and needed to do something non-academic (my degree program was in Psychology).  Once I got on the wheel, I was hooked.  I was a dedicated and motivated student, but definitely not disciplined.    When I was in the studio, I wanted to make stuff.  Let me rephrase.  I wanted to make stuff I wanted to make.  Not teapots, not 10 canisters that all looked the same.  Plenty of assignments were to be had at my “real” school.  Pottery was about diversion, creativity and MAKING STUFF.  Exercises?  Not so much.

Over the next decade and a half (yikes), I continued dabbling in pottery if and when I could.  I moved around a good deal (Minnesota, Chicago, Boston, South East England) but always found a local studio where I could take independent study classes when work schedules permitted.  Again, the emphasis for me was on “independent”.  Every once and a while, I’d get the zealot instructor who was determined to “teach” me something or  “loosen up” my throwing (I like my pots tight, thank you very much!) and so would engage me in some exercise involving repetitive throwing.  Mostly, they left me alone.

These days, I finally have my own studio.  Pottery is no longer just a diversion and a side hobby for me.  It has become my vocation.  During the past year of working full time in the studio for the first time since I took up pottery, my throwing has definitely evolved, as has my willingness to (gasp) apply some discipline to my work on the wheel.  My inspiration for exercises often comes from pottery blogs I follow.  Granted, I don’t always do the assignments on time (it took me a few weeks, if not months, to complete Michael Klein’s “12 by 12″ exercise) nor do I always follow them to the ‘T’…  But, as I continue to develop my glazes and thinking about pot surfaces, I find that some exercises DO indeed provide well needed structure for pushing my throwing and my surface finishing forward in exciting new ways. So I keep them in my mental arsenal, and do them when it feels right.

Recently, partially thanks to a beautifully  squishy (technical term) batch of clay, I decided to sit down for an extended throwing session to throw a bunch of smaller forms.  Not needing any more mugs, I was planning on making some small bowls and perhaps some tumblers.  Loosly inspired by a “recent” (re March…) assignment posted by Emily Murphy on exploring form, I decided to do my own take on her assignment, using a new form for me, the yunomi (tea bowl).

A yunomi is a Japanese form of teacup used for daily (informal) tea drinking, typically made from a ceramic material, being taller than wide, with a trimmed foot. Because of their “contained” but well defined size and function, yunomis are a great form for experimentation in shape and decoration. For a sense of how varied yunomis can be, check out this awesome online yunomi show at AKAR Design.

So here’s what I came up with (I actually made 14 but 2 were very similar to those depicted and I was going for an Emily inspired 2×2 layout). I find it very exciting to have a very good idea even at the greenware stage what glaze treatment these guys will be getting to highlight their form and/or texture. Should be fun to see how these end up! I probably didn’t push my forms as much as Emily would have liked (and some of these forms might actually be more “chawan” than “yunomi”, for those of you who are strict with your Japanese teaware definitions…), but hey, baby steps, right? ;-)

Set 1


Set 2

Set 3

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