1 This is Guy's pottery shop. The front is a restored 1740 post and beam structure, which houses his showroom. Guy added onto the back to create this work space. http://www.guywolff.com/
2 These are the kilns, manufactured by Skutt, that fire up the pots.
3 The inside of each kiln is lined with electric coils that provide the high temperatures necessary for firing pottery.
4 The wall behind the potter's wheel is filled with tools - the small round ones are called coggles, or roulettes, or rolling stamps, which are used to decorate the pottery. The large wooden rounds are called bats, which are placed on the potter's wheel head before the pots are thrown.
5 Here is a closer look at the many coggles, or roulettes.
6 On the opposite wall, more tools and equipment of the trade.
7 Guy begins the process with a slab of clay. This one weighs about 24-pounds.
8 Guy uses a manual scale to weigh his wet clays.
9 He cuts the piece in half and slightly kneads each piece.
10 Then, Guy shapes it into a ball.
11 Once the clay is ready, Guy throws the clay onto the potter's wheel and begins to mold it.
12 In just seconds, the clay begins to take shape.
13 It was quite amazing to watch the master at work - he throws with such ease.
14 Guy explains how much of this art is based on feel.
15 He uses his hands to create the shape of the pot.
16 And he uses his weight and his forearm to create the base.
17 Guy's fingers also play a role in shaping the clay.
18 The opening of the pot began to take shape.
19 Guy is very focused when he's working.
20 The rim of the pot was quickly defined.
21 Here is the inside of the pot, just as artistic as the outside.
22 These smaller pieces of clay, shaped into rounded strips, were used to make the handles.
23 Guy made one handle on the side of this pot.
24 Then, using his hands, smoothed out the ends of the handle against the pot. The same handle was also made on the other side.
25 Here is the stamp he uses to place my name on the pots he makes for me.
26 It is placed on another side of the pot near the top.
27 He stamps my name and the year the pot was made.
28 A beautifully finished, hand made pot - no two pots are exactly the same.
29 At the bottom of his pots, Guy also stamps his name and the wet weight of the clay used. This standardized system for horticultural pots was adopted by Victorian potters.
30 On some of the bigger pots Guy has made for me, he stamps Cantitoe, the name of my farm.
31 Once a pot is made, it is left to dry. These two-pound pots were made the day before and were still quite wet to the touch.
32 Here was one of my pots drying.
33 Here are some orchid pots, and pots with decorative rims.
34 A doorway separates the showroom from his work shop.
35 The show room is a charming space - filled with redware and stoneware in the front, and his signature white pots in the back.
36 The old wide boards and beams are a lovely backdrop for the pottery.
37 I just love his collection of white pots.
38 Guy displays them all so beautifully.
39 These pots have elegant, ornate rims.
40 Any pot with this stamp was made by someone visiting at Guy's pottery under his personal teaching and was fired and sold by Guy from the Connecticut shop.
41 These are redware mugs.
42 And more redware pieces etched with animals, and trees.
43 Here is a collection of stoneware.
44 More of Guy's pottery, much of which was inspired by antique pieces.
45 Here is a plate that was etched with a squirrel drawn by Guy's daughter, Elizabeth - a very passionate illustrator.
46 Guy made this design by using his thumb to swipe a bit of color onto the side of this pot.
47 Guy also works with metal. He and his daughter, Elizabeth, made these lights out of olive oil tins.
48 The designs were made by punching holes in the metal with a hammer and awl.
49 Guy is also a very talented clawhammer banjo player. After the tour of his shop, Guy sat down with his 1881 banjo and played - he is a man of many talents.
50 Thanks for a lovely afternoon at your shop, Guy - I can't wait to use my new flower pots. Please visit Guy's web site to learn more about his pottery. http://www.guywolff.com/