I spent 3 rapturous hours on Saturday soaking in the profound artistry of my fellow Athenian and former university instructor Michael Simon. Of course I was the first there the opening day of the exhibit (need you ask!), and had a delightful time chatting with fellow museum patrons and the staff. Local Pottery enthusiast Fred Bowling stopped by and we got a chance to talk for a bit. Turns out he only has 8 of Michael’s pots in his collection. You’ve just gotta be in the right place at the right time with the right flexibility in your bank account, I guess. I feel pretty lucky the stars aligned for me when they did! Or, I suppose, you have to know some generous fellow potter who enjoys spreading the wealth. I’ve given at least 4 of Michael’s pots away to friends over the years. I’m just happy they went to homes where they are appreciated!
Here’s a bit from the exhibit. Enjoy!
The show is at the Georgia Museum in Athens GA. It will be up through September 8th. An exhibit tour with Michael will be held on July 31st, and a group discussion moderated by Mark Shapiro will be held on August 25th.
Also, these are pots from Michaels’ private collection. They are the pots, beginning in 1978, that he reserved from each firing to document his work to himself. For any evolving artist this is an important idea. These are some of the pots from that practice, the picks of the kiln.
If you are in the neighborhood I hope you can make it!
Make beauty real!