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Thank you for visiting Island Folk Pottery, the home of artists Heather Goff and Bill O’Callaghan.

Gallery and Sculpture Trail

We are so grateful for the support of the Martha’s Vineyard and Massachusetts Cultural Councils. Their funding is allowing us to rent a portable toilet for the comfort of visitors to our sculpture trail May – November 2022.

 

Location:
16 Marion’s Way
Chilmark, MA
02535

Hours:

Pottery Shop Hours:

SHOP HOURS

May – September
Monday – Saturday: 11-5
Sundays: 2 – 5

October – Christmas
Wednesday- Saturday: 11-5
Sundays: 2 – 5

January – April
by appointment. Please call 508-955-9944

SCULPTURE TRAIL HOURS
9 am – dusk daily Easter – December

 

We welcome you to our magical sculpture trail and pottery shop.

The Sculpture Trail is now open daily from 9am -dusk. There is ample parking on the driveway. The Sculpture Trail entrance is just across from the driveway on Marion’s Way. We look forward to your visit!

The trail closes for winter maintenance starting January 1st. It will re-open on Easter Weekend.

Tales of the Winter Solstice.

On December 21st, 2022, Bill O’Callaghan regaled listeners with Tales of the Winter Solstice – a free guided tour of the Island Folk Pottery Sculpture Trail. If you’ve ever wondered what the magical creations on the trail do on the longest night of the year, this is when you’ll find out! Preview the tour below. The Summer of 2023, Bill will be offering free guided tours every Thursday at 10:00 am.

Our shop is open Monday – Saturday 11-5 through December. Starting January 1st, we are open by appointment only until Easter weekend.

Directions

GPS DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK. Many people find themselves miles away down long and beautiful dirt roads. Please reference the directions and visuals below to be safe.

We are located at 16 Marion’s Way in Chilmark. Marion’s Way is off of Middle Line Road which is off of Tabor House Road (where the Chilmark Landfill is).

If you come from VH up State Road, you would go right on North Road, pass Tea Lane on the left, pass the firehouse on the right, pass the North Tabor Farm Road and the farm stand on your left, and then turn left onto TABOR HOUSE ROAD. Middle Line Road is the first left off of Tabor House Road. It is alongside the dump. It is a dirt road, though the entrance is paved. The name of the road is on a large rock. There is a Landbank sign as well for Middle Ridge Trail. If you get to the landfill you’ve gone a bit too far.

Marion’s Way is the FIRST RIGHT off of Middle Line Road. Go down Middle Line Road at least a mile. You’ll pass Molly’s Lane on the left. It looks like the road forks, Molly’s lane is so large, and the sign for Molly’s Lane is on a boulder to the right of Molly’s lane, in between the two roads. Continue right on Middle Line Road (passing the boulder on your left) and the next right is Marion’s Way. Our home is the first left off of Marion’s Way.

If you are coming from Middle Road, turn onto Tabor House, and Middle Line Road is the right immediately after the Chilmark landfill on the right.

VISUALS

The turn from North Road to Tabor House Road
The turn from Tabor House Road to Middle Line Road
This is what it looks like where Molly’s Lane goes off to the left. Continue right here on Middle Line Road.
This is a view of the right hand turn onto Marion’s Way from Middle Line Road.
Look for the Island Folk Pottery sign just before our driveway.
This is a view of the house and shop from the driveway.

Heather Goff Folk Tiles

Email: heathergoffpottery@gmail.com
Phone: 508-955-9944
Instagram: @heathergoffpottery

Working from her home/studio in Chilmark, MA on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Heather Goff handcrafts decorative, functional pottery, and tiles. She also collaborates on custom commissions for home installations and gifts. You can learn more about her process and see her work at https://heathergoffpottery.com

Bill O’Callaghan

Email: madpottermv2@gmail.com
Phone: 508-560-4169
Instagram: @madpottermv

Born in Cork City Ireland in 1960, Folk Artist, Bill O’Callaghan (the Mad Potter) came to Martha’s Vineyard in his 20s. The island offered many opportunities for an inquisitive young man who had grown up riding horses bareback and running through the woods. Bill worked briefly at Chilmark Pottery, and also as a mason and carpenter.

Driven by a need to create and an extraordinary vision, Bill applies all of his acquired skills in his fanciful creations. His work is inspired by natural materials that he finds on the island shores, and a rich imagination fueled by the Irish folklore that he grew up with.

Learn more about his work at: https://madpottermv.com

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Bill misses all the wonderful people who visit our Sculpture Trail in the spring, summer, and fall. Alas, he must converse with his works in progress. ...

New personalities are appearing in the studio! ...

Bill and Ossian’s morning walk. ...

Bill is starting to move some of his tall sculptures down to the trail. He has to dismantle them first. ...

Our sculpture trail is open through New. year’s Eve from 9am til dusk. On January first we will close for our winter maintenance - opening again Easter weekend. Our shop is open this last week of December Wednesday- Saturday from 11-5. After that the shop is open by appointment. ...

Christmas find ...

The trail is magical in the snow!! Come on by only if you have 4 Wheel Drive or are walking from Middle Line Woods or Tea Lane. Our road is not plowed. Our shop is open from 11-4 today. The shop is closed Christmas Day. The trail is open on Christmas and daily through December and then closes for winter maintenance on January 1st. ...

Heather made some Winter Solstice gingerbread cookies for visitors coming for the free guided “Tales of the Winter Solstice” tour with Bill at 2pm today! Our shop is open 11-5 daily this week. (Closing at 4pm on Christmas Eve) ...

Join Bill at 2pm on Wednesday, December 21st, 2022 for a free guided tour of our Sculpture Trail. He will tell stories of what his magical creations do on the longest night of the year. Our shop is open this week daily from 11-5. (Closing at 4 on Christmas Eve) ...

Come join Bill at 2pm on Wednesday December 21st, 2022 for a free guided tour of our sculpture trail and Tales of the Winter Solstice.
Our shop is open this week daily from 11-5 (closing at 4 on Christmas Eve)
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Have you ever wondered what the sculptures do on the longest night of the year? Join Bill on Wednesday December 21st at 2pm for a free guided tour of our Sculpture Trail and stories of their antics. Our shop is open daily 11-5 this week (closing at 4 on Christmas Eve) ...

Join Bill on the Winter Solstice, Wednesday December 21st at 2pm, for a free guided tour with stories at our Sculpture Trail. Our shop is open daily now 11am-5pm through Christmas Eve. ...

Tales of the Winter Solstice. Bill tells a story of the Fairy in the drawer and a Winter Solstice wish. Join Bill at Island Folk Pottery Sculpture Trail on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 for a free guided tour of Winter Solstice stories. ...

Our Sculpture Trail is open every day from 9am-dusk through December. It is free! And our gift shop is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11-5 and Sunday 2-5. We are at 16 Marion’s Way in Chilmark MA. 💕 ...

In the studio - new small figures in the works. Our shop is open Wednesday-Saturday 11-5 and Sundays 2-5. The shop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but the Sculpture trail is open, so come bring the family for a magical walk. 😊 ...

Content to watch the seasons change at Island Folk Pottery ...

Beautiful day on the trail! ...

Bill is creating a new space on the trail and this mirror will be featured - for now it is just a blend of inspiration, excitement and anticipation as he slowly makes all the components .💕 ...