At the reception I caught up with Gay and Dan, met Ronan, and found up n comer Didem Mert who is a facebook friend who recently had work in Ceramics monthly. It was a nice start to a great event.
Friday dawned early for me. Luckily, the motel starts serving a hot breakfast at 6 AM so I had time to linger before heading out. For a motel breakfast bar, I thought it was very good and there were a couple of women making sure everyone was happy. The workshop got underway in the old auditorium of the school and easily accommodated 200 people. Dan Finnegan led off by moaning about not being a morning person but you never would have known it. He went for two hours straight and never missed a beat. He demonstrated techniques, told stories of his days at Winchcombe, and shared his warmth and good nature.
We had a quick lunch with box lunches from Jimmy Johns. The food was fine and it was so much faster than trying to go through a line where people make their own sandwiches and select which sides to dish up. Turkey sub, Italian sub or Vegan if you preordered one. Grab a drink and move on. 200 people served in about 5 minutes.
Gay Smith led off the afternoon. I had spent a week at Odyssey in Asheville for a workshop with her several years ago. Even though I had seen her techniques before, it is always inspirational to hear her presentation and be reminded of her attention to detail.She approaches the material with great respect and is very smooth and fluid in how she works. She covered Faceting, Fluting, Willow Leaf Ovalizing, oval lids, and detail detail detail !
Finishing the first day was Ronan Kyle Peterson. He was a very entertaining presenter and an excellent choice for the last slot of the day. Ronan ( Ron an) works in earthen ware and showed us how he applies handbuilding techniques like darting to wheel thrown work. He then slips, textures, and decorates to create layers of interest.
Friday night, we went to a place called Quailcreek Farm for a grilled chicken dinner. They have a very nice nursery and garden store that we roamed in with wine and nibbles while dinner was being assembled. Dinner was very good and sharing a table with old and new friends made it even better.
Presentations continued Saturday but unfortunately, I had to leave by noon to get back to Cincinnati in time to hang the street banners for our spring pottery fair. I hated to leave but this job was timed to go along with the community council taking down their banners for another event and them helping us hang ours. If you ever get the chance to see any of these presenters, do it. You'll be glad you did. A big thanks should also go out to everyone from WAC for all the hard work it takes to make an event this size look effortless. I hope to be there again next year.
One final note was I did my first official open mic appearance last night with the Queen City Balladeers. I have jammed with them for a couple of years but had not done a solo on stage performance before. I did George Jones' "She Thinks I Still Care" and Bob Wills' " Faded Love". It was well received and I received a lot of nice comments afterwards. My intro included.. Like many first times it will be over before you know it and there many be some kind of clap at the end. Here is a previous video of Faded Love. Thanks for stopping and try to plan on coming to Spring Pottery Fair on May 2 Madison and Woodburn in Cincinnati.