Rocky Mann - Studio Potter, Bar Harbor

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#3 of 6 in Museums in Bar Harbor
In the spring of 1966 the father of my best friend invited me to sit at his potter’s wheel. On that day I fell in love with clay and the potter’s life. After art school and a short apprenticeship in Denmark, I set up my own studio in Maine in 1971, the heyday of the American Crafts movement. For twenty years I made pots, went to trade shows and sold my work through galleries in the US and Japan. Eventually I burned out and lost the joy of working with clay. I felt I was just repeating pots to satisfy the wholesale market. I quit for five years. In 1996, after building a new house and studio, I returned to clay and promised myself that, above all, I would have fun.

My work now revolves around using clay as a canvas. Making Raku pottery and Saggar Ware pottery. I spend 30% of my time making the pots and 70% of my time decorating them. I use images from nature to create graphic patterns and themes on the pottery. No two pieces are alike. The images are always changing as I refine them. And I am having fun.
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  • We stop in every year. Our home is full of his work. It’s a must stop for anyone who loves beautifully crafted and unusual pottery. Rocky is also a very nice man to simply chat with. It’s worth the...  more »
  • Stopped in with my wife and 2 young boys and was thoroughly impressed by both the work and the welcome. Mr. Mann was amazingly friendly and kept our boys entertained while the grownups tried our best....  more »
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  • What talent, beautiful pottery. Love what we bought!
  • Unique methods and resulting unpredictable designs on many pieces. Very friendly as well.

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