From May through July, we are celebrating the artistry of Katharine Alden, renowned for her beautiful pottery, weaving, and teaching. Founder of the Plymouth Pottery Guild and other local workshops, Katharine Alden inspired many with her craftsmanship in various mediums.
Katherine Leavitt Alden was born in Ashmont, Massachusetts and studied at the Normal Art School which is today the Massachusetts College of Art. She became a master weaver honored by the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts in the 1920s.
In 1932, Alden was invited to come to Plymouth where she moved into the Richard Sparrow House to teach weaving. She subsequently decided to revitalize an earlier pottery industry using local clay and founded the Plymouth Pottery Guild in 1936. She spent decades teaching, running the kiln on Town Brook, and the Sparrow House craft shop.
Come check out selected pieces crafted by Alden and her students on the second floor of the library!
Many thanks to Plymouth’s Preservation Committee for their dedication in helping put together this display.