Purple Sage show, sale Nov. 16-17

Courtesy photoHiromi Satoh’s wood-fired pot

MERRIMAC – Purple Sage Pottery at 3 Mechanic St. will hold its 25th annual fall open house and sale Nov. 16-17.

The studio will be open to the public, with decorative and functional pottery as well as sculpture by 15 clay artists from the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, including work by this year’s feature artist, Hiromi Satoh of Byfield.

When Satoh moved to Massachusetts from Nagoya, Japan, in 1984, she couldn’t find Japanese-style dishes for her family’s daily meals, so she decided to learn how to make her own.

She found a flyer for Purple Sage Pottery and began taking classes. Satoh fell in love with clay 22 years ago and has been refining her skills ever since. Her husband likes to joke that he is a “pottery widower” because she spends so much time in the studio.

Satoh’s passion is making wood-fired pottery, a traditional style of pottery often marked by flame and wood ash in organic and unpredictable patterns.

It is a labor intensive group process, requiring several shifts of potters to stoke the kiln for one and a half days to two days.

Her wood-fired vase was recently awarded “Best in Functional” at the 2018 Massachusetts State of Clay show. She is a juried member of the New Hampshire League of Craftsmen. 

Joining her will be Purple Sage owner Iris Minc, Lisa Mistretta, Peter Grams, Christina Bellinger, Lucy Hutchinson, Kathy Kriegel, Sibel Alpaslan, Kathy Clark, Judy Nevius, Kimberly Clark, Deborah Ames, Glady Blauvelt, Patti Jones and Lindi Gessin.

There will be a kiln opening the morning of Nov. 16, demonstrations throughout the show and light refreshments.

Show hours will be Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 17 from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information: www.purplesagepottery.com, call 978-346-9978 or connect with the gallery on Facebook. 

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