Mikael Carstanjen is an award winning Cape Cod Potter whose work has been featured in numerous publications and is part of many private collections.  Mikael has been a full time production potter since 1971 when he graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters in Fine Arts.  His first studio was a two car garage in Stamford, Connecticut.  In 1979 he moved to Orleans with his wife Mary and family.  Mary helps with the studio production; she also designs and produces a line of whimsical garden sculptures.  In the winter months Mikael's son Jan helps produce the hand-formed and wheel thrown work. 
          Mikael Carstanjen follows time honored traditions in making his unique stoneware pottery.  A variety of different techniques is used to shape the clay for this distinctive line of work, including wheel work, drape molds and use of a British Jigger Wheel.  After forming, each piece is individually finished with a blue slip and applied sea shell motif.  Glazed and carefully fired to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit for durability, this rugged stoneware is functional as well as decorative.  From the first step to the last, each piece of Sea Shell pottery is handmade at Mikael's Orleans studio and signed with the potter's own stamp.  All work is lead free, food and dishwasher safe.
          When you come to browse our studio show room, savor a visit to our flower and sculpture gardens.  Hours by appointment:  Please call 508 255-7138.