1 The entrance to Lunaform is through a gate marked by a single giant urn on an iron stand. Both are indicative of the work that the potters at Lunaform excel in.
2 In the woods stands a magnificent red jar. Each shape of jar and pot at Lunaform has a name. This one is XL Milano and is 66-inches tall.
3 I love the shape and size of this monumental pot, called Dozzina, standing 50.5-inches tall.
4 This footed planter is very reminiscent of the work of Frank LLoyd Wright and would look great at any one of his buildings.
5 Upon entering the pottery, we were greeted by this lovely French bulldog. She was unhappy that her blog friends, Francesca and Sharkey, were not with me.
6 The pottery is a treasure trove of ideas, designs, techniques, and sizes and shapes of pots, planters, urns, jars, fountains, etc. This is an upside down birdbath under construction.
7 This is an urn in the making. The metal shape indicates the outside of the jar's shape. More concrete will be added to the exterior surface.
8 A hand-forged iron stand will hold an urn upright.
9 This is a wooden mold onto which an urn is formed from concrete and reinforced with steel rods.
10 Another wooden mold
11 A bowl in the making - Lunaform has devised clever and unusual methods for constructing frost-proof garden planters for home, civic, and commercial use.
12 Again, upside down, an urn in the making
13 The studio feels very Japanese to me. The large open porches, overlooking the woods, are filled with fine examples of the potters' work.
14 Beautiful woodwork and porches offer a serene backdrop for the decidedly classical shapes of the pottery.
15 Leftover concrete is formed into giant balls, which are rolled out into the woodland as relics.
16 Another Frank LLoyd Wright style design
17 These pieces are raw cement forms awaiting their painted coats.
18 Aging pots are everywhere. Most of the work is specially ordered by decorators, landscape designers, and architects.
19 Ucello is a classic and elegant birdbath with a bronze bath mounted atop a cement base.
20 Collana - a wonderful urn
21 Baby Jude was fascinated by the size and numbers of pots everywhere. Perugia, a monumental jar, was especially intriguing.
22 Dan Farrenkopf, one of the owners, works hard on new designs, finishes, and conceptual work.
23 Laura and Jude examined every pot!
24 I did not know which to choose.
25 Another lovely birdbath - I don't think enough gardeners realize how important a birdbath is to the bird population. It affords a place to cool off, bathe, and drink. Of course, the water should be changed daily.
26 Finished pots awaiting delivery
27 Components, metal and cement, of future objects
28 More unfinished pots
29 Another XL Milano, a very large and impressive urn
30 These bowls are a special commission for a home in Palm Beach, Florida.
31 Another view
32 The Thuya bowl is what I chose for my new garden in Bedford. I bought four of them with saucers for the terrace.
33 Elegant shapes abound at Lunaform.
34 The dark slate finish is especially modern.
35 These pieces were all going to the same job.
36 The two owners, Dan and Phid, demonstrated the special harness with which they lift the pots for shipment.
37 The harness has very strong buckles.
38 A copper patina is very attractive on this urn called Faceted Luna.
39 This is a Tibetan Prayer Wheel.
40 A set of copper Ebro urns
41 Dan attended the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, focusing on environmental studies, painting, garden design, sculpture, and architecture. He designed, built, and maintained several gardens on Mt. Dessert before co-founding the Lunaform studio with Phid.
42 Phid, a student of architecture and product design, moved to Maine in 1976 with his wife and began designing and building solar homes. After starting a successful sporting goods business with his brother and their wives, Phid met up with Dan and founded Lunaform in 1992.
43 The studio is light, airy, and serene - a great place to work!
44 A better look at my purchase, the Thuya bowl, named after an original pot found in the Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor.
45 One of the several finishing sinks
46 There are many colors used to finish the pots and customization is possible.
47 This is the gray I chose - perfect for Bedford!
48 A paint roller is used to roughen the concrete coating, giving texture and depth to the jar.
49 The hallmark of Lunaform is embossed on each pot.