Category Archives: Almeda Pottery

maine maritime academy

Wrapping up a busy week at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. Each year when the maritime students leave for summer a group of miniature artisans from all over the world replace them on campus. There is a wide variety of classes and events offered during the week. Jon’s been teaching raku pottery for 6 years running. This year the weather wasn’t great but Jon’s pottery students were more productive than ever! Today is their final raku firing before we pack it all up. Other students will be busy staining cabinets and tables, painting fur on cats, gluing legs on sofas, putting final details on folk art boxes and adding cords and dials to vintage wood radios. All of this in miniature! If you would like to learn more about the school visit the (IGMA) International Guild of Miniature Artisans website for info on the Guild School. It’s like adult summer camp for crazy “little people” (as the local folks around here like to call us).

A few of my favorite things


bright pink peonies and glowing paper lanterns



new coral inspired pots on my mantel
made by one of my most favorite people

Maine – part two

before it becomes a distant memory, thought i would post photos of jon teaching away in maine. we spent ten days in the village of castine at the maine maritime academy. each year the international guild of miniature artisans (igma) hosts a week long event called the guild school. people fly from all over the world  to learn a new skill from a recognized artist. for the past several years the school has not offered miniature pottery, then the director invited jon to teach……and of course we said yes! it was a wonderful experience for both of us. jon is a natural. he explained things clearly. he helped everyone individually when they needed it. he was so proud of their quick progress and growth. he loved to tell them how very proud he was. and of course he made them laugh, a lot! he surprised everyone with a gorgeous full color photography instructional book, three bisque pots to glaze on the first day of class and a custom name tag for each student. it was a ton of work, but so rewarding. we can’t wait to return next year.


   


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Kayakcastine

wednesday is always free night at the guild school. this year a local kayak company took a bunch of us out for an amazingly beautiful sunset paddle.