redware dragon by rick hamelin

Pied Potter Hamelin

Pottery Demonstrations, Lectures and Workshops

My Work

I have been potting since 1976 and became committed to learning about the historical Redware potters after learning of the Colonial and Early American industries that existed in my native Central Massachusetts.     

Pied Potter Hamelin can be taken linguistically apart and understood as a “Colorful Potter from a Small Town”. Pied means multicolored. Potter is my trade. Hamelin translates into “one from a small town”.

I make redware pottery that is hand-thrown on the wheel and after a drying period, my wares are bisqued. Following bisquing, they are covered with a lead-free glaze, of my own formulation, and fired again. An antiquing finish is applied to the unglazed surfaces as a final step. The running cat paw prints on the reverse of all the Kulina Folk Art and Pied Potter Hamelin plates and platters began by one of our cats leaping onto the slab of clay. I had found an old brick with a dog’s paw print on it and thought it to be a unique way to make an association between our work.

I have taught and worked in museums and currently I lecture and demonstrate pottery throughout New England.

Keepers of Tradition 2008-2009 Exhibit in Lexington, Mass.

Telegram & Gazette 2006 Article


Group Exhibitions

2009 Sept. 18-Oct, 24 - “History in the Making IV”, a National Juried Exhibition, Ceramic Traditions - Contemporary Pots, The Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY

2009 Aug. 15-Oct. 18 - “Historic Interpretation”, Contemporary artists interpret the historic collection at the Peabody Historical Society and Museum, Osborne-Salata House, Gideon Foster House

Peabody, MA

2009 July 18-Sept. 13  “Clay-town,” Sheffield Ceramics Exhibit. The exhibit integrates local historical research with the sgraffito and slipware designs of Rick Hamelin and Gariné Arakelian

Sheffield, MA

2008 Sept-Oct. - History in the Making III, a National Juried Exhibition, The Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery

Rochester, NY, Honorable Mention

2008-2009 May 18, 2008-Feb. 8, 2009

Keepers of Tradition, National Heritage Museum, Lexington, MA

2005 Lincoln Library and Museum, Springfield, IL

permanent collection

1999 The Clay Studio, PA

1998 National Redware Exhibition

Pennsylvania Designer Craftsmen, Richboro, PA

1993 Worcester Center for Crafts, Faculty Show

1988 Early American Life Magazine, Pennsylvania

1987 Summer’s World Center for the Arts, Faculty Show

Worcester, MA

1986 Southbridge Arts Center, Southbridge, MA

Recent  Publications

2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Early American Life Magazine

Directory of Traditional American Crafts

June 2006 Worcester Telegram & Gazette, article

December 2005 EAL, “Best 25 Holiday Artisans”

September 2005 New England Antiques Journal, featured artisan

July 2002 EAL Magazine, “Best of American Folk Art Award” August & May issues feature pictorial

January 1999 Country Living Magazine, featured artisan

1986-98 EAL “Best of American Folk Art Award”

1986-Present Many other Mass. newspapers

1984 PBS, “A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village”


1985-Present Massachusetts Cultural Council, over 600 grants for pottery demonstrations and lectures


redware lion by Pied Potter Hamelin redware dragon by Rick Hamelin

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