Today was the first day I’ve been to my studio in more than a week. So it figures that it was hot (91F) and steamy. Once I got acclimated to non-stop sweat, I had a good day and got a lot done. I built a new studio last fall after a long legal battle with the county and I’ve got two more loose ends to finish before I think about making pots.
Michael Littlefield and I built the frame, Jason Gallant’s crew gave me a roof and I put up all the siding.
I built the kiln shed years ago with Michael. My ‘winter studio’ is on the right..
I got back late last night from a visit with Gary Roper and his family at his beautiful gallery in Lewisburg, WV. It was a great drive, crossing over the Blue Ridge Mountains into the Shenendoah Valley and then west through the old rolling mountains of Appalachia. I met Gary last year coming back from the NCECA conference in Louisville and was amazed at all the great potters whose work he carried and I was flattered that he asked me send him some work as well.
Having sold almost every pot I’ve ever made from my old shop here in the ‘Burg, I’m still trying to get a grip on selling other places. It’s thrilling to see my pots on a pedastal next to so many people whose work I admire.
We sold a mini-teapot to one his customers as it was being unwrapped. You gotta like that for positive feedback. They were excited to see my latest work, and that, in turn, has me a bit anxious to get back to the studio. So, that’s where I’m heading now.
I’m not sure if this will be of interest to anyone but myself, but if you’re so inclined, I welcome you to come back and see what’s going on…both in the pottery and at LibertyTown!
Here’s a few more photos from firing #4.
I’m putting together some p.r. packets to send off to galleries. Now that I have a little momentum I need to find a few new markets to help sell some pots. I’m heading to Gary Roper’s beautiful Washington Street Gallery in Lewisburg, West Virginia later this week. I like having my pots stand amongst so many other wonderful pots.
Next month we’ll add some fine woodworking to the mix.
Mark Twain—A Life
by RON POWERS. You can hardly have grow up in this country without knowing Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I still have the copies that I read from my childhood and it was fascinating to read about the life and times that produced such a uniquely american writer. I’m sure his story could have been told in less than 700 pages! but I’m glad to have plowed through it.
Big Fish—A Novel of Epic Proportions
by DANIEL WALLACE. This is the book that Tim Burton adapted to film. I’ve never seen it, but he is an interesting filmmaker. I think it might have been a rare case of a movie that was better than the book!.
Dissolutionby C.J. SAMSON. I don’t usually like fiction set in ye olden days, but this was a good story and made very clear the opposing tensions that tore the church apart in 16th Century England. Monks and hairshirts and some quality sinning are familiar territory for a ‘lapsed catholic’ such as myself.
I took a few of my little handbuilt sculptures to the beach and shot some pictures. I’ve got a new camera (and a new blog!) and I thought it might make for a good setting for these guys. I’ve been making things like this for almost 30 years and I’m still not sure what they are all about. Right now I’m saving them up until I get 100.
With a week and a half before heading to the beach, I’m not inclined to start any big project, just a bunch of small stuff.
The weather continues to be glorious…the nicest spring I can remember here in the Old Dominion.