The Lupine Cottage Artisan Elizabeth Radliff, Oak Tree Pottery
Meet Lupine Artisan Elizabeth Radliff
The Oak Tree Pottery studio is in Troy, Maine. I make a variety of pottery from earthenware and stoneware clays. All of the functional dinnerware: mugs, bowls, plates, etc. are made from stoneware clay and fired to temperatures that make the pots safe for microwave and dishwasher use.
I still remember the first time I watched someone make a pot on the potter’s wheel about 30 years ago. I was inspired and amazed! What a useful and beautiful thing to be able to do.
All these years later I still love pottery and am happy to be able to do it as much as I do. It’s not all fun and games but I can honestly say I learn something new every day. Or see something in the natural world that makes me want to try something new in clay. That leads me into learning new things, into deepening my understanding of the pottery process and helps me to grow as a person and a crafter.
And so it goes. Nature inspires. Nature instructs. As a potter I use the earth to create forms that look like, or remind people of, specific parts of the earth such as birch trees, sand, the view looking across Penobscot Bay from Belfast…As John Muir said “Each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”