MaxineHugonPottery

Maxine Hugon Pottery

South Royalton, Vermont On Etsy since 2009

MaxineHugonPottery

Maxine Hugon Pottery

South Royalton, Vermont | 18 Sales

Announcement    Unique slip-carved functional stoneware and porcelain pottery

Today we live with flat, glowing rectangles that connect us to anything and everything, from our work… to our dearest friends. It is an amazing time, and we are fortunate for the virtual connection at our fingertips. But we still need a mug for our morning coffee, a bowl to sit on the kitchen counter to cradle our fruit, and a vase for our flowers.

In my work, I strive to impart contemplative beauty to these real, solid objects we reach for and use every day. My pots are hand-thrown on a wheel, my designs hand-carved into the still-damp clay, my slips and glazes hand-applied to reveal strokes of my brush. My aim is to deliver the experience of a visually and tangibly rich surface quality, at once fragile and substantial, and most importantly, created by the hands of a real person.

I am influenced by many cultures and sources, from medieval architectural ornament, interlacing Celtic design, wallpaper patterns of the English Arts & Crafts Movement, 11th century Chinese carved vessels… to the things I see out my window. My designs are inspired by nature, and my renderings of classic motifs like leaves, flowers and birds, are stylized and almost cartoon-like, transforming timeless icons into designs that are whimsical and fresh.

In my work I use sgraffito--the centuries-old decorative process of drawing into the surface of the clay. Slip (liquid clay) is applied to the pot when it is still damp, at the leather-hard stage, and allowed to set-up. The slipped pot re-dries, and reaches an ideal point between soft and hard, when I draw and carve designs into the surface of the clay, taking care to consider the form of the piece. The pot is then bisque fired, and glazed so as to enhance the carved surface. Finally, the pot is returned to the kiln for glaze firing, at which point all my intention and careful tending is replaced by an element of chance. When the kiln is finally cooled and opened, hopefully the flames and atmosphere of the firing will have added its own unique magic to the surface of the pot.

When they leave the studio, my pots are intended to be handled, used, cooked in, and washed. It is my hope that the user will enjoy living with them as much as I do making them.


I am a lifelong artist, with experience as a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. My education concentrated in art history and the history of architecture. (BA Harvard 1985)

Juried Shows, Awards, Press
 History in the Making, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY, October 2014
 State of Clay, Ceramics Guild, Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, Lexington, MA, May 2014
 Small Objects, Gallery Aqui Siam Ben, Vallauris, France, October 2013
 3rd Prize, Weston Arts & Crafts Assoc. Spring Awards Show, Weston, MA, May 2013
 Board Member, Weston Arts & Crafts Association, Weston, MA (2008 - 2011)
 2nd Prize, Weston Arts & Crafts Assoc. Spring Awards Show, Weston, MA, May 2010
 1st Prize, Weston Arts & Crafts Assoc. Spring Awards Show, Weston, MA, May 2007
 “Her Pottery Turns on the Wheel of History” by Winky Merrill, Community Magazines, May 2008

Announcement

Unique slip-carved functional stoneware and porcelain pottery

Today we live with flat, glowing rectangles that connect us to anything and everything, from our work… to our dearest friends. It is an amazing time, and we are fortunate for the virtual connection at our fingertips. But we still need a mug for our morning coffee, a bowl to sit on the kitchen counter to cradle our fruit, and a vase for our flowers.

In my work, I strive to impart contemplative beauty to these real, solid objects we reach for and use every day. My pots are hand-thrown on a wheel, my designs hand-carved into the still-damp clay, my slips and glazes hand-applied to reveal strokes of my brush. My aim is to deliver the experience of a visually and tangibly rich surface quality, at once fragile and substantial, and most importantly, created by the hands of a real person.

I am influenced by many cultures and sources, from medieval architectural ornament, interlacing Celtic design, wallpaper patterns of the English Arts & Crafts Movement, 11th century Chinese carved vessels… to the things I see out my window. My designs are inspired by nature, and my renderings of classic motifs like leaves, flowers and birds, are stylized and almost cartoon-like, transforming timeless icons into designs that are whimsical and fresh.

In my work I use sgraffito--the centuries-old decorative process of drawing into the surface of the clay. Slip (liquid clay) is applied to the pot when it is still damp, at the leather-hard stage, and allowed to set-up. The slipped pot re-dries, and reaches an ideal point between soft and hard, when I draw and carve designs into the surface of the clay, taking care to consider the form of the piece. The pot is then bisque fired, and glazed so as to enhance the carved surface. Finally, the pot is returned to the kiln for glaze firing, at which point all my intention and careful tending is replaced by an element of chance. When the kiln is finally cooled and opened, hopefully the flames and atmosphere of the firing will have added its own unique magic to the surface of the pot.

When they leave the studio, my pots are intended to be handled, used, cooked in, and washed. It is my hope that the user will enjoy living with them as much as I do making them.


I am a lifelong artist, with experience as a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. My education concentrated in art history and the history of architecture. (BA Harvard 1985)

Juried Shows, Awards, Press
 History in the Making, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY, October 2014
 State of Clay, Ceramics Guild, Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, Lexington, MA, May 2014
 Small Objects, Gallery Aqui Siam Ben, Vallauris, France, October 2013
 3rd Prize, Weston Arts & Crafts Assoc. Spring Awards Show, Weston, MA, May 2013
 Board Member, Weston Arts & Crafts Association, Weston, MA (2008 - 2011)
 2nd Prize, Weston Arts & Crafts Assoc. Spring Awards Show, Weston, MA, May 2010
 1st Prize, Weston Arts & Crafts Assoc. Spring Awards Show, Weston, MA, May 2007
 “Her Pottery Turns on the Wheel of History” by Winky Merrill, Community Magazines, May 2008

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