Ae Ceramics are handmade by a small crew of people in the coastal villages of Yarmouth and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where the natural shapes of coastal life are transformed into dinnerware, functional art, and tabletop accessories.
Artist and designer Alison Evans lived and worked for several years in NYC. Wanting to be closer to family and focus on establishing her own studio, Alison moved to the quiet town of East Boothbay, Maine. With her studio just a few feet from the ocean, inspiration surrounded her. The natural forms of her environment - oyster and clam shells, barnacles, and sea urchins - became bowls, vases, and serving pieces. The allure lies in the essence of natural forms without duplication.
The timeless oyster series provides the foundations of Ae Ceramics. Although the series' shape is inspired by nature, the shape provides a unique divergence from traditionally round dinnerware. Further enhancing her work, Alison developed glazes to mimic nature's movement, grace, and individuality.
As Alison's unique shapes and glazes gained popularity, Ae Ceramics grew from a single artist working out of a garage into a staff of five and two full working studios. We encourage you to come visit one or both locations to learn about our process and meet the makers.
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What artist or ceramicist do you admire most?
What piece was your favorite to make?
My senior project when I was at RISD. I created installations with 10’ sheets and tubes of ceramic chainmail. I still want to pull that work into what I do now, but I haven’t figured out exactly how yet.
What piece would you like to make that you haven't yet?
I have just started working on a huge sea urchin bowl and sink.
Your favorite drink and place to enjoy it?
A proper whisky sour in the sun with views of the ocean and people that I love.
What would be your last meal?
Any of the tasting menus at Hugo’s in Portland.