|Jeremy Gann’s “Dali” in the background.|
After the hectic pace leading up to a firing, sitting with a good book, cups of tea and orange flavored Kit Kats sounds mighty appealing. But, of course, that’s a fairy tale. The truth is that we went straight from firing # 11 to a complete overhaul of the gallery at Libertytown in preparation for our opening on First Friday.
We had a preview on Thursday for our ‘Friends’ and quite a few new ‘birds’ flew the coop. All the littlest ones sold in the first half hour and then ‘the tree’ sold to some local collectors which made for a great start to the season.
|Kathleen Walsh, Elizabeth Seaver, Rita Brown|
In addition to new work from my latest firing we opened up our first annual “Really Big Show” with great oversized work by 7 LibertyTown Artists. AND we had our 7th (or 8th) student pottery sale which was a huge hit. Folks line up before we open at 5pm and some take out bags to their car, then return for another armful.
Very early the next morning I hopped in the car and drove to Demarest, New Jersey to visit the ’37th Annual Pottery Show and Sale’. This has been a very successful sale for an ever changing group of potters for a long time. It is a fundraiser for the ‘Art School at Old Church’ organized by Karen Karnes and Mikhail Zakin, 2 of the ‘grande dames’ of American ceramics. They invite a couple of dozen mostly useful potmakers to set up inside the intimate confines of this quirky building.
I saw lots of old friends including Mark Shapiro, Matt Kelleher, Michael Hunt, Naomi Dalglish, Jenny Mendes and I met Jack Troy for the first time which was a real honor.
I bought a fabulous teapot from Ryan Greenheck and I know it’s a great show when it’s difficult to choose which teapot to buy! I almost chose two…there was nary a teapot worth the name when I visited the Philly Museum show last month so I could have justified another.
I am beginning to plan a show of the same scale and quality in Washington , DC, next fall and I’ve been checking out shows to learn what I can. I talked to lots of folks who gave me good insight.It’s an intimate and amazing show of great pots and people. I’m back home now and theoretically things will slow down a bit. I’ve got lots of photos of my newest work to show and I should be able to sit still and do a bit more blogging now. I miss you guys!