Zane Tillinghast acquired his BFA in ceramics from the Maine College of Art in 2016. He creates functional work with red earthenware clay. The charm found in irregularity inspires his forms. Slip, red clay, and the interaction between glazes is key to the decorative aspects of each pot. His pots are meant to be accessible and used daily.

Zane was born in southern New Hampshire, his pottery can be found for sale in Maine, New Hampshire, and online at



My way of approaching the process of making pots is focused on the connections ceramics creates between people. We subconsciously use utilitarian objects to share significant moments, have conversations, and create memories. My pottery is alluring yet humble, focusing on intimate moments through the concept of beauty in function. My work channels the social conditions which ceramic vessels facilitate in helping people to come together--as a tool for conversation and expanding relationships with other human beings. The abstract designs on the surface of my pots are inspired by the time I’ve spent in the New England woods and are meant to serve as a catalyst for ambiguous observations to be made. The act of eating and drinking with this tableware and with the people you wish to spend time, make the ceramic objects a backdrop for the performance of life to happen around.

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