Joseph and Marie Cowen were newly married farmers in 1943. They knew nothing about pottery until they read a magazine story about it. But that was all it took to get them interested and on their way to a booming business.
Upon reading the story, the couple collected a bucket of clay from their property and set about creating a cup and saucer. By 1946, they were firing their handmade pottery in a 6-foot by 6-foot kiln and had turned the barn into a showroom to start selling it. The business took off, and by 1949, they were the ones featured in a story, in Redbook magazine. With success came more equipment, large space, and expansion of the business to include ceramic supplies and clay, as well as their pottery.
Sheffield Pottery, which is just up the road from the Inn on Main Street, is one of our important hometown businesses. Now run by the Cowen’s son, John, it is one of the premier clay makers in the United States. The company still mines and processes its own native Sheffield clay, and is a top resource for kilns, pottery wheels, and other pottery needs. The store features a unique selection of functional, decorative & garden pottery as well as pottery making supplies, and is an interesting place to visit, whether you are a potter, a wanna-be, or just a curious soul.
Sheffield Pottery, Inc.
995 North Main Street, Sheffield, MA
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
And speaking of great places to visit…come see us at the Inn! We’d love to have you.