Pied Potter Hamelin

American Redware and Slipware

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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 and Hamelin translates into “one from a small town”.

    I make redware pottery that is thrown on the wheel. After a drying period, my pots are bisqued and following the first firing they are covered with a lead-free glaze, of my own formulation, and fired again. A food-safe antiquing finish is applied to the unglazed surfaces as a final step.

    I have taught and worked in museums and currently I demonstrate pottery and lecture throughout Massachusetts at libraries, schools and senior centers to audiences of different ages.

    The running cat paw prints on the reverse of all the Kulina Folk Art and Pied Potter Hamelin tableware began by one of our cats, Ashby, 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.

Keepers of Tradition 2008-2009


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

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


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


Master Potter Rick Hamelin Pied Potter Hamelin Studio Chain Of Lights Photo by Edd Cote / Telegram Towns "Pied Potter" Richard Hamelin spins clay into a vase and then, in seconds, transforms it into a penguin. Demonstration held at Millbury Public Library. Ashby Pied Potter Hamelin Studio Rick Hamelin Pottery Demonstration at the Millbury Public Library

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