TINA: Our sister Mary has had the strongest style throughout her whole life. She carves on porcelain pieces and her carving is exquisite. She puts celadon glazes on the porcelain and they’re amazing.
SARAH: You could walk into a room with the work of 150 people and find Mary’s work without a problem.
TINA: Kim originally went to school to be a nurse, and she was the last one to become a potter. She really focused on learning how to throw, learning from Harry and from (Barnstable Pottery’s) Kevin Nolan. Kim started doing lots of functional stuff—she does wedding plates and fish feeders, which are things my father always did. She’s really taken off in an area where Harry left off.
SARAH: There’s no competition between us.
TINA: All of us have our own unique style and there’s really no escaping it. From an early age, we just knew how to be ourselves.
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SARAH: There’s a lot of loss in pottery. It’s not like painting, where you paint and it’s done. Pottery is different. It could crack, you could drop it.
TINA: Someone else’s piece could have a little too much glaze on it, and one little drop could fall right in the middle of a wedding plate or something like that.
SARAH: I do these multi-piece tiles, and if I have something go wrong with just one of 50 pieces, I have to do the whole thing over. That’s happened many times.
TINA: We just learn to take it better over the years.
SARAH: Yeah, it doesn’t bother us anymore (laughs).
TINA: People who have come here for a long time tell us that we’ve continued in the same vein as when Harry was here working with us, yet we’ve gone in our own directions at the same time. They appreciate how this has transformed, yet stayed close to being the same. That’s good to hear because people could say, “Harry’s not there anymore? I’m not going there anymore.” But they don’t do that. They’ve made us feel like we’re doing a good job of carrying on.
SARAH: I love Scargo Pottery and it means everything in the world to me. I’m proud of my father, our family, and the work that we’ve done.
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SARAH: The Cape Cod Museum of Art, which our father helped found, is thriving. Tina and I occasionally show there. Harry came with us and we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the museum. That whole complex is great—the museum, the Cape Playhouse, Cape Cinema.
TINA: Dennis is sort of unchanged. The houses are well maintained. The villages and harbors, the lakes and beaches, they’re all pretty much the same.
SARAH: And people here are still interested in and supportive of the arts. If we have an event, the whole town comes.
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SARAH: I really appreciate our upbringing and what our parents gave us because it has really enriched our lives. We wouldn’t be making the type of work that we’re making if it wasn’t for the work that our grandparents and our parents did. Their whole lifetime of work has made it possible for us to do so much.