Rain or Shine: An Inspiring Memorial Day Weekend, 2016

We hope you all had a wonderful and memorable Memorial Day Weekend.  This of course is the big kick-off to “The Season” here in Maine.  We look forward to an exciting Summer with everything this beautiful state has to offer!  Come visit us at either of our Company Stores located in amazing Maine destinations (details below).  Most importantly, today we take pause to honor those who have served our country.  Although the weather didn’t totally cooperate, festivities carried on to remember our beloved service men and women.  Here are some scenes from the Bar Harbor Memorial Day Ceremony along the waterfront this morning.  Also in honor of this day, we want to share an inspiring story we found on the Wounded Warrior amputee softball team.

American Flag raised high in remembrance of those who have served our country. Bar Harbor Memorial Day Ceremony 2016.

Maine Coast Guard giving tours to attendees of the Bar Harbor Memorial Day Ceremony.

View of Frenchman Bay from the top of Agamont Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. Memorial Day 2016.

On this Memorial Day, a moving story posted by USA Today and MLB Network:

For Memorial Day, MLB Network has the inspiring and beautiful story of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, a competitive club comprised entirely of wounded U.S. military veterans. In the following clip, team members describe the fear and devastation that can come with life as a wounded veteran and the way playing softball helps them find normalcy.

Check out video here:  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/05/wounded-warrior-amputee-softball-team-memorial-day-veterans

 

SHARD has two Company Stores this year!  Visitors and locals, come see us at either of our company stores located in scenic destinations of Maine that have so much to offer.  We look forward to meeting you!

Bar Harbor:  We have entered Season 3 in BH!  This is SHARD’s seasonal Coastal Shop located at 19 Cottage Street in the heart of downtown.  This charming, island village has so much to offer, including Acadia National Park celebrating its Centennial!  Great dining, great shopping, great activities, great history, great sights.  Its all here.  Visit www.barharborinfo.com for more info.

Freeport:  Launched in April this year. This is SHARD’s year-round Outlet & Coastal Marketplace now located at 48 West Street, just steps away from Freeport Village.  The Downeaster train services Freeport and its just a short drive away from Portland.  Oh yeah, its also the home of L.L. Bean, which hosts a great Summer Concert Series among other family-friendly events in town.  Visit www.freeportusa.com for more info.

SHARD Gives Thanks: We (Heart) Our Customers!!!!

We have officially said farewell to Season 1 in Bar Harbor, our doors to the boardwalk shack now sealed up for the season. Before we hunker down for the Maine winter and usher in the holidays, we would like to GIVE THANKS to all of our amazing customers.  We met so many of you, heard your stories, and soaked up the awesome vibes you brought to us by gracing our shop.  Here are a few highlights from our inaugural season in Bar Harbor. We can’t wait to come back for year 2!   Don’t worry, we’re not escaping to the Caribbean for 6 months.  SHARD is still available online and at our new OUTLET store located in Freeport, ME at 291 US Route 1.  Find some amazing deals for the gift-giving season in both locations, including fantastic gift sets with Maine-made products nestled in SHARD’s beautiful pottery.  Yup, it’s just that easy!!!!

Bar Harbor 2014 Season Highlights:

One of our favorite moments! Vickie from New Hampshire snatched up a whale mug simply because “it made her feel happy.” We applaud our amazing customers who enjoy the whimsical nature of our designs and have fun with it!

This young lad from England visited the shop with his parents while on holiday. We noticed his stellar vest, which he travels with every summer to National Parks around the US. Three days later he came back to show us the Junior Ranger badge he earned at Acadia. Nicely done, Jesse!

Bar Harbor the cross roads of visitors near and far! Here we caught a family from China getting cuddly with our Lobster pillow. Gotcha!

Generous donations to our local hunger prevention initiative, including a young boy who asked, "What happens to money after it goes into the jar?" We explained in 7-year old terms, then he took the change from his pocket and put it in the jar. We were so moved by this and all of the amazing support received. Thank you!

Great views! Watching fireworks over Frenchman’s Bay from our doorstep, and checking out the sunrise from Acadia. Wow!

Coffee and wine hour. This fantastic group from Michigan gathered around our complimentary coffee, wine and dessert for a friendly pick-me-up on a gorgeous Fall afternoon. Cheers!

Selfies! Mary from Wisconsin sent us this selfie with her SHARD coastal mug and t-shirt. Love it!

Giveaways! Rob and Marcella, a lovely couple from Long Island City, NY scored this awesome gift set at one of our First Friday Art Walk events. So sweet, and they are even sweeter:)

Hand painted Bar Harbor tiles by 7-year old Maeve. 100% of proceeds went to Bar Harbor Food Pantry. These siblings from Austin, TX gave thumbs to the beautiful mermaid design they bought.

Giving back and inspiring others! 2,000 meals raised for local hunger prevention programs on Mount Desert Island! Customers Anne and Bettie from New Jersey and Arkansas went back to their communities to start a giving program after hearing about "Plate for a Plate"...yeah!

Thanks for the good times. See you next season!!!

 

 

Art and Social Responsibility Make a Good Team

Shard’s Giving Program, “Plate for a Plate” has had an overwhelming response.  For every SHARD© item purchased, we donate a meal to someone in need. We’re partnering with local organizations on Mount Desert Island for proceeds from our new company store in Bar Harbor (seasonal from May – October).  Thanks to all of our customers for embracing this initiative to fight hunger!  We’re also participating in Bar Harbor’s First Friday Art Walk series (through October).  Maine artist, Nagene Hale, is featured exclusively at SHARD.  We’re so proud to have her beautiful paintings and photo postcards of Maine scenes on display in the Bar Harbor store for these special events and all season long.

Next month SHARD will be celebrating the “Art of Giving Back” in conjunction with our Plate for a Plate Giving Program at the Bar Harbor Art Walk event on October 3, from 6-9pm. We’ll be offering local wine, tasty treats & giveaways to wrap up the season, plus announcing our meal count!   If you’re in Bar Harbor, please stop by, we’d love to see you! Check out some of the action from our first two Bar Harbor Art Walk events this season:

AUGUST:  Bar Harbor’s First Friday Art Walk

We featured Nagene Hale’s impressionistic paintings that capture life in coastal Maine, hand painted charity tiles with Bar Harbor nautical scenes by 7 year old Maeve, and the music of Jeffrey Ellenberger on violin and viola.

“Waiting to Sail,” just one of Nagene’s beautiful works available at SHARD Bar Harbor.

Maine scenic postcards featuring Nagene Hale’s photography.

SHARD customer admiring Maeve’s work after purchasing her charity tile for a $20 donation to Bar Harbor Food Pantry.

 

Locals out for Art Walk engaged in conversation in our cozy, cottage shop.

Jeffrey Ellenberger, Concertmaster of the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra playing through as guests peruse SHARD’s offerings inside.

 

SEPTEMBER:  Bar Harbor Art Walk meets Fashion Night Out

SHARD presented its complete dinnerware and linen sets to create a fashionable table display while offering chair massage to pamper guests’ inner fashionista!

Four of SHARD's original designs set the scene on the boardwalk.

Our festive table turns “romantic” in the evening. Date night anyone?

Wine from Bar Harbor Cellars, cheeses, artisanal bread, wild Maine blueberries, whoopie pies, lemon tarts, blueberry crumble bars and cucumber mint water – all locally sourced.

Guests enjoying local munchies and wine…yum!

Nikki Look from Massage Bar Harbor keeping our guests at ease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love our customer stories!  SHARD customer visiting Bar Harbor from Long Island, NY sent us a wonderful photo of her new seashell dinnerware set for Rosh Hashanah. Thank you for sharing, Tracy. Your table looks beautiful!

Tracy Cohen, from Long Island, NY set her table with the seashell design just in time for Rosh Hashanah. Shanah tovah!

Bar Harbor: A Beautiful Backdrop for Shard’s New Retail Shop!

 

Nestled down on the wharf in downtown Bar Harbor, Shard’s new company store is a perfect fit for this serene, coastal setting. Our new designs complement the scene beautifully in our little cottage shop with bright blue doors. Here are some happenings this season at SHARD Bar Harbor. Come visit us in the new Harborside Boardwalk public space located at 55 West Street.

Shop on the Boardwalk!  Entrance to the new Harborside Boardwalk area on West Street in downtown Bar Harbor…check us out!
  • Our festive cottage along the water. Stop by the big whale statue next door for a great photo op while you’re here!

  • SHARD dinnerware, linens and accessories in their element:

Shard's designs at home on their blue shelves. Mugs, plates, bowls--the complete table setting for any occasion.

Colorful tea towels make for an attractive table inside and out.

Lazy lobsters resting on Adirondacks.

Traditional Coastal looking pretty as can be.

It's a Blue Crab day...come join us:)

Mugs, mugs, oh colorful mugs!

Hand painted ornaments adorning the windows as clouds drift by.

  • Awesome views right from our doorway!

    Front row viewing of the fireworks over the harbor.

    Sunset on a clear summer night.

Just steps away, Agamont Park offers sweeping views of the harbor -- day...

...and night!

 

 

 

 

Maine Spring Events Not To Miss!

This photo was taken in Hallowell, Maine this spring.  The river is a bit high; the water is normally back by the tree in the middle!

 

After a long winter, Mainers take every opportunity to attend festivals, fairs, and simply get out and enjoy all the great outdoor activities around the state.  Here’s a list of some fun things to keep in mind if you’re visiting Maine this time of year, or even a resident looking for something different to do on the weekends!

 

 

L.L.Bean Annual Paddle Sports Festival

June 15th – 17th

 

This festival is located in downtown Freeport, Maine at L.L. Bean’s flagship store.  There’s something for everyone, from beginners, to advanced paddlers.  Aside from the festival, downtown Freeport offers some excellent shopping and great restaurants.  Travel a few minutes out of town, and there are sandy ocean beaches and lots of hiking trails!

 

Admission:  FREE

 

www.llbean.com

 

 

Maine Foodie Tours

 

These tours are offered in Portland, Kennebunkport, and Bar Harbor.  This is a great way to spend an afternoon.  Each town offers a “culinary walking tour”.  You get the chance to explore the towns, learn about their culinary history, and sample some of the best food that Maine has to offer!  Maine lobster, local cheeses, beers, and of course, whoopie pies are some of the foods that you can look forward to sampling on these tours!

 

Pricing:  $31-$95 per person

 

www.mainefoodietours.com

 

 

Maine Brewery Tours

 

This is voted the number one activity in Portland, Maine by trip advisor!  These tours are all inclusive, and provide transportation.  Visit and enjoy samplings in Maine’s award winning breweries, and even up and coming breweries.  They even offer private bus tours!

 

Pricing:  $60-$75 per person

 

www.themainebrewbus.com/

 

 

Old Port Festival

June 8 from 11:00am – 5:00pm

 

This is a celebration of the arrival of summer!  There’s music, food, art, kid’s activities, and much more!  This is a great way to spend a Sunday in Portland, Maine’s beautiful, historic old port.

www.portlandmaine.com/

 

Admission: FREE

 

 

Piscataquis Heritage Hot Air Balloon Festival

May 30th – June 1st

 

This event takes place in the area where SHARD was born.  Aside from hot air balloon rides, this festival offers local food vendors, artisans, and agriculture to explore.  In only its second year, this festival was started to boost the Piscataquis Valley Region’s local economy.  There are lots of amazing things to enjoy in this lesser populated area of Maine!

 

Admission:  Just $2 per person and children under 3 are free!

 

www.phhabf.com

 

 

Belfast Free Range Music Festival

 

The Belfast Free Range Music Festival describes it’s self as a volunteer powered celebration of original music in Belfast, Maine.  Located in its beautiful downtown area, this festival brings musicians from near, and far.  Unconventional spaces are turned into music venues for a great variety of music genres.  This festival is returning in 2015!

 

www.freerangemusicfestival.com

 

 

 

 

Our Favorite Things

SHARD’s favorite things are great quality, earth friendly and philanthropic products that make life a little more pleasurable.

 

Paintings by Maine Artist (and friend of SHARD’s) – Nagen Hale

Nagene Hale’s impressionistic paintings capture life in Coastal Maine.  They are amazingly soft & bold at the same time  How do you get one of her paintings?  We can hook you up!  Call us directly at 877.373.0340.  She is our feature artist for SHARD’s signature store opening May 2014 in Bar Harbor, Maine.

 

NEW Lobster Tote by SHARD

You have seen our lobster design on pottery, and now we have it on soft goods too!  Fun, fresh, and perfect for carrying everywhere. We donate a meal to a person in need for every item purchased, through our Plate for A Plate Program.  Learn more about this program here:  www.plateforaplate.com.

These will be available for purchase in April of 2014 through our website.

www.shardpottery.com

 

L.L. Bean Cashmere Sweaters

L.L. Bean is a worldwide brand, started right here in Maine.  Crafted from the finest Inner Mongolian cashmere; these sweaters are lightweight, soft, and warm.  A necessity, even for the month of March, here in Maine!

www.llbean.com

 

TOMS 

TOMS was our inspiration with their generosity and giving program.  TOMS provides a pair of shoes to a person in need for every pair purchased.  They’re super comfortable, and come in a huge variety of patterns, colors, and styles.  We love these sailboats!

www.toms.com

 

Love for Lemons Cleaning Products

Love for Lemons’ eco-friendly cleaning products are chemical free AND effective.  They smell (naturally) amazing, and are handmade right here in Maine!

www.loveforlemons.com

 

Omission Beer

Omission Beer has developed a proprietary process to remove gluten from their traditionally brewed craft beers.  We love the Pale Ale; it tastes exactly like a great micro-brew!

www.omissionbeer.com

 

J.Crew T-Shirts

J. Crew’s t-shirts are well fitting, comfortable, and come in a wide variety of fabrics and patterns.  They’re perfect for every day, and the quality is amazing!

www.jcrew.com

 

Island Boy Jewelry

Island Boy Designs hand crafts beautiful jewelry in St. Croix.  Since everything is handmade, you can chose which metal you like, your size, and even have your piece engraved.  We love their Umoja Bracelet!

www.ibdesignsvi.com

 

Adventurous Joe Coffee

Adveturous Joe Coffee is a fellow Maine company that gives back with every purchase.  Adventurous Joe’s is committed to promoting sustainable practices by giving back 2% of coffee profits to regions and communities where their coffee originates.  Plus, their coffees are certified fair trade, and organic!

www.adventurousjoecoffee.com

Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Help others with your gift purchases this year, it does the soul good!  Here are some great gift ideas that give back to a variety of causes.

At Shard, our goal is to create great dinnerware for dining tables all over the world, while making an impact locally with our Plate For A Plate Program.  For every piece of pottery sold, we donate a meal to a person in need.  We make quarterly donations to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention ProgramThe Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Feeding America.

www.shardpottery.com 

 

AJ’s Holiday 6-pack Special Ground Coffee

Certified Fair Trade and Organic coffees.  Adventurous Joe’s is committed to promoting sustainable practices by giving back 2% of coffee profits to regions and communities where their coffee originates.

www.adventurousjoecoffee.com

 

Warby Parker’s “Percy” Sunglasses

 

For every pair of glasses purchased, they donate a pair to someone in need.

www.warbyparker.com

 

OAK’s The Traveler Backpack

When you purchase this backpack, OAK Lifestyle provides a child with a backpack, supporting education for homeless and at-risk youth.

www.oaklifestyles.com

 

TOMS Movember Grey Stripe Wool Women’s Classics  

TOMS is the classic Buy One, Give One company.  Buy a pair of shoes, and they donate a pair to a person in need.  When you purchase this particular pair, TOMS will give a donation to Movember for men’s health initiatives.

www.toms.com

 

Stone and Cloth IPad Case In Nautical Navy

Your purchase helps provide scholarships for students in need.  Carry an Education™

www.stoneandcloth.com

 

Blanket America’s Windowpane Throw

For every Blanket America product sold, they make a donation.  Blanket America’s principal giving is in the United States.

www.blanketamerica.com

 

Nomi Network’s Recycled Zip Yoga Bag

Working with a local rehabilitation homes, social enterprises and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia and India, Nomi Network assesses the capacity and then trains and equips women leaders in these communities to be able to make quality, market ready products.

www.buyherbagnotherbody.com

 

Threads 4 Thought’s Festive Beanie  

Spend $75 dollars or more, and 10% of your purchase will go directly to the New Roots Campaign.  They also work closely with two highly effective charities – the International Rescue Committee (the IRC) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

www.threadsforthought.com

 

FEED + Links of London Bracelet   

FEED Projects’ mission is to create good products that help FEED the world.

www.feedprojects.com

 

Sword & Plough’s Signature Tote

Sales empower veteran employment, reduce waste and strengthen civil-military understanding.

www.swordandplough.com

 

Same Sky’s Seafoam, Sky Necklace

 

Same Sky’s goal is to effectuate social change for women who can then act as role models for their surrounding communities and the generations to come.

www.samesky.com

 

2009 ONEHOPE Reserve Blanc De Blancs, Sonoma Coast

With your purchase, ONEHOPE Donates to Charity: Water; a non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

www.onehopewine.com

 

Dinnerware Care Tips

This photo features some vintage Shard pieces.  Starting in October, vintage pieces will be available at www.seasidemerchantile.com 

 

Washing the dishes seems simple enough, but proper care will preserve the beauty and lifetime of your dinnerware.  We have comprised a list of tips and tricks that will prevent cracking and scratches, and keep your dishes looking polished and stunning for years to come.

 

Hand Washing Method:

  • Rinse all food from dinnerware immediately.
  • Do not soak.
  • If scraping is necessary, use a rubber spatula to prevent scraping the glaze.
  • Wash in warm water with a mild detergent.  Rinse thoroughly.
  • Use a soft dish towel to thoroughly dry.
  • Place a clean dish towel, or sink mat at the bottom of the sink. This helps prevent breakage of both fine dinnerware and crystal.
  • Always wash dishes in this order:  Glassware, dinnerware, flatware, then pans.
  • Antique China should always be washed by hand due to aging and use of the dinnerware.

 

Dishwasher Method:

  • Remove all food particles from dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.
  • Load the dishwasher leaving enough space between dishes to prevent rubbing together during the wash cycle.
  • Place small bowls, and cups on the top rack; and larger bowls and plates on the bottom rack.
  • Wash dinnerware on the shortest cycle.
  • Allow dishes to completely cool after the drying cycle before unloading
  • Avoid lemon scented dishwasher detergent, and detergent with bleach.  The acidity could damage your dinnerware over time.
  • Modern china, stoneware, and earthenware can be washed in the dishwasher.

 

Additional Tips:

  •  Always rinse food from dishes immediately.
  • Keep flatware and any other metallic objects away from the dinnerware. Rubbing between the metal and dinnerware can cause gray marks.
  • Gray marks can be removed by scrubbing with a mild cleanser such as Bar Keeper’s Friend or Bon Ami.

 

Storage:

  •  Placing paper towels, cloth, or dish protectors between each plate, and stacking only four high, will prevent scratching and cracking of your dinnerware.
  • Hang coffee and tea cups on hooks if possible. If you must stack tea cups, use a protector between cups, and stack two high.

 

Shard’s classic dinnerware designs are easy to care for and perfect for everyday use. 

Here are some specific care instructions for our pottery:

 

Stoneware:

  • Pieces are light cycle dishwasher safe, though we strongly recommend hand washing.
  • Oven Safe
  • Microwave Safe (Note:  Prior to microwaving, we suggest checking your piece for water absorption.  This can cause the clay body to become hot to the touch.)
  • Do not soak the pottery in water.
  • Baking dish should be at room temperature before placing in oven, and before placing in the refrigerator.

 

Our New Earthenware Pieces:

  •  Hand Wash only
  • Microwave use is not recommended.  If water absorption has occurred, the pieces will become extremely hot.
  • Do not soak in water
  • Air dry:  It is best to dry upside down to allow any water absorption to dissipate from the foot of the piece.
  • Not oven safe.

 

 

For more information about Shard Pottery’s pieces, please visit http://www.shardpottery.com/about.html

 

Coconut Brownies Divine

Meet Chard Bakery, a sister company of sorts to Shard Pottery. Just three ingredients, the mix, vegetable oil and some coconut cream. So easy, so delicious! you can’t get enough! It is especially exciting where these brownies are egg, gluten, dairy, and nut free! That is nothing to be allergic too! So awesome, they really are that good!