An Afternoon at Farmhouse Pottery in Vermont
Every summer we head to New Hampshire for a week of relaxation with Greg's family at their lake house. While the laid back days are refreshing and good for mind, body and soul, the explorer in me is always excited to get out and discover the surrounding area. My favorite town in the area is Woodstock, Vermont - a quintessential New England town full of local shops, charming houses, a gorgeous inn and even a covered bridge completing this picture-perfect scene. The community has a rich heritage, especially in the arts, and its spirit of craftsmanship is still alive and well today. In fact, two miles from the center of town you'll find a truly special place that was birthed out of a desire to sustain the next generation of local artisans and craftsman - Farmhouse Pottery.
When we discovered Farmhouse Pottery last summer, I instantly fell in love with the brand and its simple and refined farm-to-table aesthetic, which can be seen not only in their kitchenware but their beautiful storefront as well. From the moment I stepped foot in their flagship location in Woodstock I knew I wouldn't want to leave! Warm and natural hues are accompanied by dried florals, woodsy aromas, and handcrafted goods, making for a light and fresh environment any farmhouse would be envious of. The store is full of the brand's cornerstone - its two-tone pottery recognizable by its combination of natural clay and milky white glaze, topped off with their signature laurel wreath. And they also sell a variety of fine home goods that all maintain a very simple, versatile look made for daily use.
Adjacent to the beautiful shop is an airy studio where artists throw pottery and host wheel workshops, which was the reason for our recent visit and something we had been looking forward to for quite some time! After a quick tour of the facility and a demonstration from the master potter leading our workshop, we each jumped behind a wheel to try our hands at it. The class is perfect for amateurs like myself as the potter walked me through each step of the process and controlled the speed of the wheel so I could focus on shaping my piece. Even with his help on the foot pedal I still struggled getting the hang of it, especially when it came to knowing how much pressure to apply or how much pull to give. It's pretty surprising how well my spoon rest turned out given I had to start over three or four times! Our potter was great though - very patient and encouraging us along the way. This warm and inviting atmosphere was felt during our entire visit, with the whole staff being lovely (including founder Zoe Zilian who launched the company with her husband in 2008) and going above and beyond to ensure we had a wonderful experience. I can't wait to attend another workshop next summer!
If you're ever in the Woodstock area I can't recommend visiting Farmhouse Pottery enough, even if it's just for a quick stroll around the shop. If you don't find yourself in Vermont but are looking to add some heirloom-quality kitchenware to your home, you can shop the collection online or at retailers such as Anthropologie, One Kings Lane and Serena & Lily. So far I have the farmer's pitcher and cheese stone and look forward to adding a new piece to my collection each summer!
Thank you, Farmhouse Pottery, for your hospitality and a wonderful experience!