Monday, February 10, 2014

Tour de Bloggers

Well kids, it's time to feed the blog again. Sometimes it's hard to find something to write about. Sometimes you suddenly have way too much. I think I'll give mostly an overview of the last couple of weeks today then follow up with some more detailed chapters later this week.

You always like to see what I've been working on so here are a couple of jars that I like a lot. I've been making plates, bowls and mugs too but they are pretty much standard fare and do not bear repeating.


I also cleaned the white clay off everything so the red clay can come out this week and I can start replacing the stuff I sold in November.

Then the big adventure came. I had been way too long since I had seen our daughter Kate so I made a quick dash between snow storms to see her in Charlotte. I drove down Thursday and went to school with her on Friday to demonstrate throwing pots for her ceramics students. It's always a lot of fun to do that except for the having to be at school at 6:30 AM means getting up around 5. I'd forgotten there was a 5 AM. 5 PM is a lot more fun. Two 90 minute demos and a 45 minute one were enough to keep me occupied. The students at Hough H.S. were very nice to visit with. They all stayed awake, many asked good questions and no one threw anything at me. That usually makes for a good day. Out to dinner with Kate and her husband Lucas later on had me ready for an early bedtime.
Saturday was the big excursion day of our weekend. We got up at a slightly more civilized hour so we could head over to Seagrove for the day. Kate's friend Margie who also teaches Art at Hough came along for the ride. We had a great trip and saw some wonderful pots made by very nice people. If you ever wonder where to go in Seagrove, just ask yourself why not Whynot ? Mark and Meredith Heywood have been making pots in Whynot N.C. for 30 years or more. The work is excellent and so are the people. Meredith write the COOKING WITH GAS blog found in the blogroll in my right column.
Next stop was to see Jeff Brown and Michele Hastings.
Finally, Brenda Hornsby Heindl met us at the North Carolina Pottery Center and gave us a guided tour of an exhibit that she recently curated.
Each of these stops deserves more than a paragraph and I hope to give you more details later in the week. The day was just too crammed to try to get it all into one post.
Sunday was a drive back to Ohio dodging the snow. I left early and got over Flat Top Mountain in West Virginia before the snow started. It was light and the roads were just wet coming down the mountain . When I got off the turnpike at Charleston, the snow started coming pretty heavy. When I hit Ohio I had one clear lane most of the time but there were no wrecks or delays so I still made pretty good time. I like to think it was Because of my companions, two new mugs and a lucky pig. More to come, stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.
Mark and Meredith Heywood left, Brenda Hornsby Heindl right.

Jeff Brown,  Michele Hastings



  1. Sounds like a great trip. Love the piggie - so charming.

  2. It was great to see you again, next time we need to have a sit down for more chat.

  3. You sure crammed a lot in for one long weekend. It was great to see you.
    Nice looking jars, they look pretty large, how big are they?

    1. Thanks Michele. The Jars are around 16" tall. Much bigger and they are hard to haul and display at the shows I do.

  4. Glad you made it home safely! It was so good to finally meet you in person! Those jars look great, I particularly enjoy the rim and the ovoid sides!

  5. I want to visit Seagrove and my potter/blogger friends there. It sounds like you had a great trip.


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