Pottery Barn

A famous potter's woodsy open studio

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ou may not have heard of Harry Holl, though he was an internationally renowned ceramic potter, the subject of a documentary film, and one of the founders of the Cape Cod Museum of Art. His other legacy to Cape Cod is his studio, Scargo Stoneware and Pottery, hidden in some peaceful woods on Scargo Hill, and worth finding for the extraordinary outdoor gallery and sculpture garden, an oasis from the crowds and traffic. There’s an indoor gallery and studio, too, where the artists are happy to answer questions and let you watch them work in a conscious repudiation of the stuffy studio culture up and down the rest of Route 6A. You’re likely to find affordable art to take home, too: colorful decorative ceramics, sculpture, tableware, pottery, wind chimes, prints, and jewelry.

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A tourist observatory built in 1872, the 30-foot Scargo Tower off Scargo Hill Road and across Scargo Lake from Harry Holl’s studio, was destroyed twice before being rebuilt of cobblestone in 1901. On a clear day, you can see as far as Provincetown and Plymouth from the top.

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