Merrymeeting Clay is a small ceramics studio located on Merrymeeting Bay in Bath, Maine, created through a partnership between Jackie and Kai. We are a married pair of lifelong crafters (Kai) and visual artists (Jackie) who believe that the objects we surround ourselves with have a direct impact on the quality of our lives.
Your preferred coffee mug. That beautiful wall hanging. Simple objects like these can brighten our days simply by being there. We want to provide you with more of these objects. With designs inspired by the Maine coast, we make hand-crafted ceramic objects for your home that are as unique as you are.
While we are actively expanding the diversity of objects we produce—ranging from small bottle openers to larger sculptures and 3D printed vases—our process typically begins with natural forms that we find enticing, like lobster claws, richly textured driftwood, or horseshoe crab shells, as below.
We then create a high quality mold of the form we are working with. This allows us to preserve all the fine details of the form so that we can recreate and re-purpose them using clay.
We use our molds with a variety of porcelain and stoneware clays and add a variety of glazes and sometimes attachments too. Like our New England Claws, which are made from molds of Maine lobster claws epoxied to a bottle opener or bottle stopper.
We want each and every object we make to be someone’s favorite. One that brings a smile with each use…and maybe starts a conversation too. We craft simple objects designed to make life better, one day at a time.