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.

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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.

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

Hurricane Earl is about 189 miles away from us, hopefully continuing its West Northwest path up and away.  Nick and I are safe and sound in the house, all loose objects are contained, we have plenty of supplies including extra gas for the generator and a chilled bottle of Don Q Coco!

Apparently, the east coast of Puerto Rico is getting battered.  I read that our governor is cited as saying that the cutoff point for the hurricane strength winds is  Arecibo on the north coast (which is about 47 miles north east of us) and Ponce in the south.  Glad to hear it!  Here on the western coast of the island,  the wind gusts come and go in waves, as does the rain.  Honestly, so far this storm doesn’t seem much different from a heavy rainy season storm.  The jitters are there though, as I KNOW its resulting from bands of an approaching Cat 3 Hurricane…

Our power went out about an 1 1/2 hours ago when the rains started, just as I was in the midst of photographing pots and tests  from my latest glaze firing.   I’m very pleased with how my chess set turned out and can’t wait to challenge Nick to a game.  This photo of the set will have to do for now.  I’m sure you’ll forgive me!

Chess Set (Licorice Black and Raw Sienna). Chess board handmade by Lee Chesson

They say necessity is the mother of invention.  Indeed.  In glazing for my next firing, I came across two challenges.  First, I had my chess set to glaze.

Here they are, all 46 pieces nicely lined up on my mock-up kiln shelf.  We decided to glaze them with my most reliable AND favorite glazes (Licorice Black vs. Raw Sienna).  But how was I going to neatly dip them in the glaze?  My goal was to acheive even coverage (so no half/half dipping and no finger marks).  A challenge, no?

“Random stuff kicking around the studio” to the rescue!  I appropriated these tweezers for use in my studio ions ago and thought I’d use them as makeshift glazing ‘tongs’

However, rather than using them to grasp the pieces, I stuck the tweezers INSIDE each piece.  The  resulting tension meant the tweezer held on to the pieces nice and tightly, which allowed me to dip the piece upside down into the glaze.

All in all, the system worked quite well, with only two ‘jumpers’ (both operator error really…) which I washed off and will reglaze today.

The second glaze challenge had to do with a new ‘toy’ I recently acquired.  Nick was inquiring whether some of the small  items I make  (such as pendants or key-chains) could be glazed on both sides.  Well, yes, but that require a ‘bead stand’ (the items are strung on heat-resistant metal rods and suspended on the stand so they don’t touch the kiln shelves).  We decided this might be a nice addition to our growing arsenal of tools.  So how DOES one glaze items that get glaze on all surfaces? I have no idea how folks glaze beads and the like as I’ve never worked around anyone who does (and would be curious to hear!).

Well my solution was to cut up some strong wire…

and create ‘dip and hang’  wire glazing devices.  Worked like a charm!  🙂  If this firing goes as well as all my new glazing adventures, I’ll be one happy camper!

This weekend we celebrated our 3 year anniversary here in PR.  It is a bit strange thinking back to that very long day (our travel time from the UK, with layovers, was 28 hours…), how I felt back then (fairly overwhelmed…and then I stepped on a fire-ant nest….) and how much we have accomplished over the past 3 years.

We commemorated the day with some beach time, where I happily partook in some beach-combing.  Typical potter, I was after textures rather than just the “pretty factor”.

I DID also pick up a pottery shard (note the partial foot ring), which has been worn smooth by the sea.  I wonder where this pot started off and how long IT has been traveling????

While Nick enjoyed some downtime (i.e., football viewing) before we went out for dinner, I tried out my new textural finds.   I have some  keepers here, don’t you think?

The weekend was nicely punctuated by a neighbor’s invite to join a party on his Finca (farm) across the road from us.  Though he speaks no English, we’ve been “chatting” off and on over the past 3 years, waving ‘hello’ and sharing with him our progress on the construction front.  At the party (his sister’s birthday) we got a chance to practice our Spanish, lose (badly) at dominoes, eat some great home-cooked food and partake in a drink or two (including sugar-cane moonshine).   All in all, a great weekend that brought home the reasons we chose to move to this friendly and beautiful island.

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