Potter Paul Haigh

This statistical chemist now creates beautiful works of pottery



Face jug, $150

Courtesy photo

Paul Haigh of Londonderry would like to thank his wife Jennifer for his current status as enthused potter. Paul had dabbled with the arts before his career in statistical chemistry took off, but he was living in the land of cubicles. About 10 years ago, Jenn gifted him a lesson from former New Hampshire potter Jeff Brown and soon Paul was back into the mud, becoming a part-time potter and part-time chemist.

The chemistry background is a handy tool as Paul formulates his own glazes. In the wood-fired kiln, the final result is a serendipitous interplay of heat and natural elements dug from the earth. The fire is so hot the wood ashes melt onto the pot surface, forming a natural variation of the glaze formula. Predicting the result is not easy to calculate, but position in the kiln is a large factor. Some are beauties and some are a bust.

The face jugs are usually turned into the kiln’s flame for a touch of magic on the raised features. The handsome or scary faces he builds onto a thrown pot are inspired by antique face jugs — a remnant from slavery and, later, moonshine days in the South. His hand-built hip flasks are also part of that latter tradition — a clever container for illegal spirits.

The Haighs will be showing at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Annual Fair, August 2 to 10, with more hip flasks. December 4-6, they will be at the Evergreen Craft Fair at UNH Durham. Paul’s work is also shown in several League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s shops and Tates Gallery in New Boston.

Paul Haigh
Wiley Hill Mudworks, Londonderry
wileyhill@comcast.net
(603) 472-2001

Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. 2016 It List
    Our 2016 It List is the who’s who of New Hampshire. In a time of fact-checking the...
  2. Katrina Simpson is breaking military ground
    Meet the first woman in the National Guard to graduate from the US Army infantry officer basic...
  3. Local artisanal food and drink gift ideas
    The foodie on your shopping list will love any of these 15+ local items
  4. Sweeten the season with the Cookie and Candy Tour
    Visitors can tour 11 Mount Washington Valley inns decked out in their holiday finery, offering...
  5. Dealing with Panic Attacks
    Symptoms can feel like a heart attack.
  6. Holiday Eating in Eaton
    There's no better time to visit the White Mountain town of Eaton than during holiday cookie season.
  7. Pilobolus: The Pioneers
    New Hampshire-born troupe Pilobolus celebrates their 45th anniversary this year. Here, take a...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags