Founded nine years ago by local potters Brenda Sullivan, Susan Lago and Susan McDonald, Northumberland Potters is a group of artisans is dedicated to sharing knowledge of pottery and sculpture.

Article & image by Bill Hornbostel

The group seeks to promote ceramic artisans in Northumberland County and to provide a supportive community. 

“We just wanted to share things,” says member Brenda Sullivan. “We’ve been sharing our ideas about how to make our work, how to sell our work, creative ideas. We get speakers in to encourage us to keep going with that.”

Northumberland Potters welcomes people with a variety of interests and skill levels; novices and experts alike are welcome.

Sullivan says, “We embrace not only potters but also people who are interested in collecting.”

Education is part of the mission of Northumberland Potters as is mentorship. Some of the members such as Melanie Horner, teach classes in pottery.

Beyond working in clay, Northumberland Potters also provides opportunities for sales and juried shows.

Every year, the ceramic artists of Northumberland Potters hold a Christmas sale of their wares. The artisans have also contributed to Empty Bowls, a charity fundraiser for raising awareness of poverty hosted by the Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland.

Northumberland Potters is currently looking for new members.

If you are interested, visit the Web page (, Facebook page (, or contact Brenda Sullivan at