Ray Finch has been inspiring me for more than 30 years and he’s still doing so. I finally got over to Winchcombe yesterday and there was the old boy, making vases and cider jars with more clay than he’s tackled in some time. The warm weather helps the feeling in his fingers (the winter is cruel for his circulation) and he was really pleased to be challenging himself with some bigger, vertical pots. When he’s not feeling as well he makes platters and bowls, but it’s great to report that he’s still at it. I gave him a hard time about his electric hair drier that he’s using to firm up a pot…he gave me a mischevious smile and carried on. We’ll spend more time next week. They will be firing the wood kiln Monday so I’l be visiting then.