Inverness potter Noelle Hiam throws a vase at her home.    David Briggs

The day after Thanksgiving, Noelle Hiam sat on the porch of her Inverness cottage applying the finishing touches to a delicate coffee mug she had recently molded, sculpted and glazed. The closest big box store, with its Black Friday mania, was many miles away. “One of the reasons I’m selling pottery is that I want to empower people . . .

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