This pottery by Marie Palluotto, entitled “Splash,” is to be on display July 20 through Sept. 11 at Monkitree in Gardiner. Contributed photo

GARDINER — An “Exploring Maine: A Maker’s Journey” exhibit is to open Tuesday, July 20 and continue through Sept. 11 at Monkitree, 263 Water St.

Central Maine Clay Artists offer artistic and functional designs that allow you to take Maine with you. Each of the clay artists has their identifiable style, but with this show they are exploring new shapes and designs that gather inspiration from the state’s powerful ocean, scenic lakes, rugged mountains, delicate wildflowers, exceptional dining, dramatic seasonal changes, and more.

In addition to the participating clay artists — Mary K. Spencer, Whitney Gill, Robbi Fritz Portella, Malley Weber, Libbey Seigars, Lori Keenan Watts, Marie Palluotto, Elizabeth MB Downs, and Ru Allen — the show will include paintings on the same theme by Nancy Keenan Barron.

This pottery by Mary K. Spencer, entitled “State Flag,” will be on display July 20 through Sept. 11 at Monkitree in Gardiner. Contributed photo

CMCA is a professional organization of ceramic artists working in Kennebec County and surrounding communities. Since 2007, the CMCA has worked to support the creative economy and local art programs, and to promote the ceramic arts in Maine.

Annual projects include Mug Season, an event held in conjunction with Maine-owned coffee shops to raise funds for art in the local schools, and the Holiday Pottery Shop, an opportunity for the public to buy local and get to know the people who make handmade items locally.

The free show can be seen during regular shop hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. There will not be an opening reception.

For more information, call Clare Marron, Monkitree owner, at 207-512-4679.

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