Its been a wonderful week to be a pottery geek in Athens GA! As I mentioned previously, Tony Clennell, Steve Driver, and Judith Duff were all in town for Ron Meyers’ wood kiln firing. Kyle Jones and I were able to hang out one of the days they were stoking, and returned with Jonathan Carter to see the pots from the kiln. We missed the actual unloading as the Great Storm of Winter 2014 closed all the roads the day before, and the lads bunking at Ron and Hester’s were just itching to get inside that kiln on their own.
Ron had some dusky hued beauties!
And I was able to score one of Tony’s little bottle vases:
Sandwiched in between all the wood kiln gawking was a bit of pottery nerdery at the UGA ceramics department. In the spirit of pottery education and multicultural dissemination they invited Master Potter Cehnedien Tony to spend two days workshoping his magic on and off the wheel and screening his mojo in two separate slide lectures. What an incredible time that was!
The slide talk Tony gave on his travels to China was kind of mind blowing. Really all of those two days were fascinating, educational, and hugely entertaining. Tony puts on a great show! If you have the chance to attend one of his workshops I wholeheartedly recommend you make it happen.
I also made out like a bandit in adding some fantastic new pots to my collection! Two of Tony’s mugs, a small cup, and that bottle vase are now all being enjoyed in my home. Joy!
And in the spirit of cross border harmony I brought a mug for Tony to take back, as well as one each for Steve and Ron.
I just love being a potter. I truly love pots. All sorts of shapes and sizes. All sorts of uses and destinations. I watch movies and TV shows with one eye on the story and one eye on the set decorations. I get invited into other people’s homes and head straight for the kitchen cabinets…..
I guess that makes me a geek. But I have to believe that I’m in some good company!