Abby Berkson
Hand illustrating every pot
Attaching a handle to a mug
Abby Berkson stamp
Forming the handle on a mug

Cheering up cabinets since 2010

Abby Berkson lives and works in Easthampton, Massachusetts, offering hand thrown, functional ceramics. Her work is available online and at select craft shows in the northeastern US.

Background

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Alfred University in 2003, Abby worked for various established potters and taught pottery classes in Vermont and Massachusetts while developing her own aesthetic and body of work.

In 2008 she began selling her work at art and craft shows. In 2010, she formally launched Abby Berkson Ceramics as a full-time business and expanded her line of designs and ceramic forms.

Since then she has sold her work online and at dozens of craft fairs across the northeastern US, including alternative craft fairs like SoWa Open Market in Boston, Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, Crafty Bastards in Washington DC, as well as tradition art shows like Crafts at Lyndhurst, Guilford Craft Expo, and the Worcester Center for Crafts Holiday Festival.

Abby’s work has appeared in Yankee Magazine, Apartment Therapy, and various other print and online publications.

Craftsmanship

All of Abby’s work is thrown and trimmed on the potter’s wheel with high standards of craftsmanship. Great care is given to the weight of the object, the feel of the handle, and the overall balance of form and function.

Abby’s wheel skills were honed as an assistant potter in production pottery studios, where she made countless pots to precise sizes and weights.

Abby loves creating everyday pots, the ones people reach for first when they open a kitchen cabinet. She offers mugs, cups, bowls, plates, vases, and various serving objects like pitchers and spoon rests.

Aesthetic

Abby’s body of work is distinguished by combining charming surface design and expert craftsmanship. Every piece is hand illustrated to create a one-of-a-kind object. Working with crisp white stoneware, her pots have a minimalist aesthetic quality that is both simple and modern. Abby glazes her work with a vibrant color palette that provides fun pops of color.

Abby’s illustration style is inspired by her deep love of storybook illustration and the natural world.

What I Make
  • Mugs
  • Espresso cups
  • Cereal bowls
  • Tiny bowls
  • Tumblers
  • Vases
  • Plates
  • and more
Etsy customer

My nanny kept stealing my Jackalope mug from Abby and so I finally got her her own 😉 The prints are adorable, the craftsmanship excellent - highly recommend her work.

Etsy customer

We use our Stegosaurus cup to hold my son’s Vitamin D & dropper in his Dinosaur themed Nursery - it’s the perfect touch to his room!

You can tell it’s made with great care and quite sturdy - it’s something I can see my son having for years to come. Thanks!!

Etsy customer

I love these mugs. I am convinced that they make my coffee taste better.

Etsy customer

Adorable and my daughter's favorite mug.

Etsy customer

My absolute favorite for handmade cups!

Etsy customer

So cute! The perfect way to brighten up our fridge. I can't get enough of Abby's whimsical designs, it's a surefire way to make me smile.

Etsy customer

I had one cup with a chicken that was a gift from my daughter. EVERYONE tried to get this one first for coffee in a sly offhand way...there is just something about it that made the coffee and the day better! Now, everyone gets the happy cup to start the day ❤️

Etsy customer

Perfect weight, whimsical, my very most favorite mug.

Etsy customer

Amazing work and we all love them!! My boyfriend and I's favorite mugs.

Etsy customer

Gave this as a gift. She says it's the perfect teacup!

Etsy customer

These mugs are beautifully made, well balanced, perfect for little hands, and Abby's signature designs are delightful. They make wonderful keepsakes.

Etsy customer

So adorable and well made! It's a favorite in our house! Will definitely need more...

Exhibitions

Exhibitions:

2012, Cup & Mug Invitational, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2012, Art of Dining, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA
2011, The Contemporary Vase, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2011, Cup & Mug Invitational, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2010, The Apprentice System, with Constance Talbot, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2010, Cup & Mug Invitational, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2009, Cup & Mug Invitational, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2003, Senior Exhibition, Alfred University, Alfred NY

Press & media

Apartment Therapy
Yankee Magazine
Washington City Paper
Daily Hampshire Gazette
The Providence Journal
Boston Metro
Portland Press-Herald
Babiekins Magazine
Envouthe

Interviews:

Craftland
Anselblue Design Studio