Open Studio- Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 & 26th

Robert Compton Pottery will be participating this weekend in the “statewide” Vermont Craft Council’s Open Studio event. It’s being held Saturday, May 25th & Sunday, May 26th, from 10-5 each day.
The pottery is located 5 miles north of Bristol village on Vt. Route 116, on the east side of the road. Coming from the north on Rt. 116 we are 5 miles south of Starksboro village.
Look for the bright yellow and black signs. Enjoy the beautiful spring landscape and visit artists in their studios.
We have lots of pots to see and purchase; many of our pots are discounted. If you haven’t visited before, this is a great time to meet us and take a tour of our kilns, and studio.
Stop by and pick up an Open Studio map which shows where to find the other participating artists in the area and around the state, or use the map link to go directly to the on-line map.

Vermont Pottery Studio

Robert and his wife, Christine, live on a former dairy farm, in one of the mountain valleys that surround Bristol, Vermont.  The barn serves as his studio and showroom and the 19th-century farmhouse is their home.

Please come and visit our pottery.  You will see Robert's Wood Fired, Salt Glazed, Gas Fired, Raku and Pit Fired pottery, as well as Christine's scarves and shawls.

We are located on Vermont Route 116, half way between Bristol and Starksboro village.  We are here most days, but if you are making a special trip, it is best to call ahead to set up a convenient time.

Robert loading his gas fired “reduction” kiln.
We welcome you to come and visit the gallery, which is full of functional and decorative pottery.
Night firing of the Noborigama.

Kilns at the Pottery

Most of Robert's Stoneware and Porcelain pottery is Wood-Fired in a Noborigama kiln.  A Salt Glazed atmosphere is achieved in the second chamber of this Japanese-style kiln.

The Pit Fired and Raku Pottery is fired in special kilns designed for these unique effects.  Robert throws each piece of pottery individually on a potter's wheel.

Visit the Vermont Pottery Studio

The pottery is open most days from 10 am - 5 pm

Call, 802-453-3778 for our daily schedule.

 * Directions to the Pottery *

Stoking The Kiln

Firing the Noborigama

Robert fires his Noborigama, which holds 1500 pieces of pottery approximately once a year.

History Mugs

Christine & Robert have always had a strong interest in history.  They both grew up surrounded by antique photos, family members, and their stories.  Robert complied his own family ancestry and to share the information he collected, he began putting his ancestor's images and stories on his handmade mugs.

He decided to continue the process and created History Mugs a business focused on putting interesting historical biographies on mugs.  

We have produced many different series.   Our diverse collection of over 600 biographies can be searched on our History Mug Site Map.

Please visit our History Mugs website to see what we offer. 

History Mugs are the perfect way to enjoy your coffee or tea.

Find our History Mugs at the following locations.

  • Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA.
  • The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.
  • The Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, VT.
  • The President Calvin Coolidge Museum, Plymouth, VT.
  • The Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield, VT.
  • The National Underground Railroad & Freedom Center, Smith & Hannon Bookstore, Cincinnati, OH.