7 Amazing New England Art Colonies You Must Visit This Summer

New England is chock-full of interesting artists and art colonies. This summer, make sure you make time to visit these seven.

 

Emotional Pottery Factory

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The emotional pottery factory in Burlington, VT. features artisans who make pottery only when they are feeling strong emotions like rage and love. The idea is that this approach brings intensity to the work.

The Silent Inn

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The Silent Inn is a performance art installation in Providence. Viewers are invited to sit in these chairs and quietly reflect on when their lives went wrong.

Cheese Room

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The Cheese Room in Hanover, NH, features cheese wheels with art on the outside. Made of edible food coloring, the art on the cheese explores the relationship between food and spirituality. It’s also a good reason to eat a lot of good cheese.

Blood Artisans

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In High Liver, MA, the Blood Artisans colony produce haunting portraits using  blood from the subjects they paint.

Postal Pottery

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Postal Pottery in Wheelie-Bin, CT, is a colony of postal employees who also make pottery. It helps alleviate the boredom of their jobs, and creates places they can stash mail they decided not to deliver.

Glaze Glaze

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Glaze Glaze in Rockataw, Maine is a group of glazing experts. They are best known for the glaze they applied to Jeb Bush’s forehead.

Fine Mist Pottery

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At Fine Mist Pottery in Jumping John, Maine, they create pottery art by shaping it, glazing it and then smashing it against the wall outside the employee lunchroom, yelling, “The next person that takes the lunch I brought from home, which was clearly marked with my name on it in big letters, and eats it, is going to get a glazed pot in the head!”


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