This is a fun and time-worthy 1-hour drive daytrip from the Merrimack Valley and only 20 minutes from Portsmouth. Their “craftery” and mega factory store are under the same rustic roof, so you can both see the creative action and shop. They always have factory seconds which are perfectly fine but priced at discounts for the sake of some flaw that’s often not even visible to the average eye. Among the things that we love are their soup bowls with handles, individual size oval casseroles, tealight tart candle burners, crocks for utensils and my all time favorite, “butter bells” which let you keep real butter at spreadable room temperature indefinitely. What’s fairly new are their toilet bowl brush holders which hide the unsightly beasts behind a handpainted façade, yet keep them accessible without drips or spills on the floor (and easily washable). Their wares come in a variety of patterns, from whimsical to gorgeous. It’s all happy in the oven, microwave and dishwasher, and Andy the Awesome Potter (owner) makes his own clay so he can be sure nothing toxic is in it.
Note that while young children need to be supervised with your attention on them in the store (oh so many attractive touchables on shelves at their eye level), SFS welcomes requests to go into the back room where working potters are only too happy to show how pots are thrown. It’s fascinating for all ages. Love that place!