Join us at the Hanover Farmers' Market as Karin Rothwell demonstrates the art of creating pottery through hand-modeling, coiling, and slabwork.

The Howe Library is sponsoring a series of local artists and artisans demonstrating their work at the Hanover Farmers' Market this summer.  Look for them next to the Howe Library tent, they will be happy to talk with you about their work and tradition.  And then stop by and say hello to us as well!  This week Karin Rothwell will be demonstrating the art of making pottery through modeling and slabwork.

The Hanover Farmers' Market runs 4-7 every Wednesday at Richmond Middle School from June 2 through September 29.  Visit our Farmers' Market page for a full list of artisans and concerts we're sponsoring at the Market this summer.  For more information, email

A walk in the woods, or a stroll along the beach always brings me back to my ‘work’. Textures and patterns show themselves, reminding me what I strive for in my creations. Many times I choose to meet the clay halfway, allowing this wondrous earth material to have its own part in the results, allowing for ‘mistakes’, asymmetry, crude lines and not always a perfect finish. This is elemental stuff - mud - and water, and along with the heat and chemistry of the glazes, nature’s elements are foremost in my best work when I pay homage to it all. I feel my part is to capture the essence of the material in my process, the choices I make along the way adding my own mark.

I make vessels which I call fun and functional, as thus far the practicality of the potter has mostly dictated my outcome . For me, It’s really all about the material - the fact that I can make useful items is just a plus. I do relish the opportunity to become a part of someone’s ‘everyday’ - as one of my eclectic mugs holds the sacred morning beverage, or a bowl full of soup brings satisfying nourishment. Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind. I like to quote a mentor whose billboards proudly claimed “no two pieces alike!’, (George E. Ohr, Mad Potter of Biloxi Mississippi).

I became a student of clay back in 1981 under the tutelage of Karen Williamson at the Davidson Pottery at Dartmouth College followed by post-graduate classes at UNH. I had the good fortune to travel a lot in my youth and became well aware of the ceramic traditions in many different countries around the world. Having lived in the Middle East, Holland, Spain and Mexico, I experienced the history strong clay cultures and wAs eager to begin my own exploration into this world of discovery -and to find myself in the here and now on this continuum of ceramic endeavors. I participated in a variety of workshops, including stints at Haystack Mountain School in Maine and annual workshops with Gerry Williams of Goffstown, NH. I served as a teacher/trainer at Dartmouth for many years, and began the children’s program at the League of NH Craftsmen in 1984 where I continued to teach students of all ages until its closing this past year. My artist-in-residencies have ranged in scope from nursery schools to private high schools and elder care homes, where I have been able to share my enthusiasm and ignite a passion for the possibilities surrounding this miraculous medium within hundreds of similarly curious individuals.