Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2016-11-12 - Saturday - Potters of the Piedmont and Earth & Fire

Saturday was the fall Potters of the Piedmont sale in Greensboro. It was well-attended and as always, I enjoyed talking to, joking with, and explaining my process to the attendees. The day flew by and then I had to jump in the car and get back to Charlotte for the end of An Evening of Earth & Fire, Clayworks' annual fundraiser at Elder Gallery.

Not only were all the usual friends there, but Dave Timm was in from Michigan, and Rich Meredith came from Florida.

Dave is a long-time friend (notice I didn't say old!) from the infancy of Clayworks who is also one of my mentors. He always pushed me to try something new, to stretch, to reach. It was easy when watching him do it. He made it look easy, like, "why not try this?". I miss him, and his guidance and prodding. I also miss grabbing a plate of nachos with him at Lupie's on occasion.

Rich was a studio artist at Clayworks for a while when he was working in our area long-term. He is a great friend to many of us and of the studio. He's another one who makes it look easy and challenges you to follow him.


Friday, December 2, 2016

2016-11-11 - Friday - Setting up the gallery

Friday I had the honor to help Herb and Vince set up Elder Gallery for An Evening of Earth & Fire, Clayworks' annual fundraiser.

Larry Elder graciously donates his wonderful space to us for our gala. It's always a great night filled with lots of beautiful art. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend since I'll be in Greensboro on Saturday at the Potters of the Piedmont show. I will return late and hope to catch supper with the Clayworks crew.


Friday, November 25, 2016

2016-11-07 - Monday - Squash with William Baker

Monday I roasted a butternut squash as side dish and served it in my William Baker bowl. I really like this bowl and it has become a "go to" for me for most of my sides. I love it's great shape, clean lines, color, and it holds just the right amount of too much.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2016-11-06 - Sunday - Autumn day

Sunday was the day we headed back home after the funeral. While it was a sad time for all of us, the extraordinary beauty of the day reminded us that while our hearts are broken, there is still a lot of beauty and good in the world around us.


Monday, November 21, 2016

2016-11-05 - Saturday - Sycamore

I'm constantly amazed at the size of sycamore leaves. I found this one outside my sister-in-law's door and it's huge. My hand is not small and it dwarfs it in this photo.

Wonder is all around us. We just have to see it.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

2016-11-03 - Thursday - Missing a good man

Thursday my father-in-law passed away. I was lucky to know him for many years, and we were lucky enough to all be with him at the end of his 87 years on this earth.

He was a good man who did everything for other people his whole life. He loved his family more than anything else and he considered me a part of that family from day one.

He is and will forever be missed.

Here's something I wrote for his funeral. It's not much, but I felt a need to honor him in some way.

How do you define the word “hero”?

John Pellow found ways to thrive in the aftermath of the Great Depression as a child.

He abandoned the religion he was raised with to marry the love of his life.

When he found out he was going to be drafted he volunteered for the navy.

After the service he became a teacher and taught day and night classes at three different colleges.

He moved his family to the country when he thought the city was too dangerous.

He put in a swimming pool even though he didn’t swim.

He built a corral for his daughters’ horses and a chicken coop for his son’s chickens.

He did everything in his life for someone else without hesitation.

To me, that’s a hero.

Go with God, John, and you're right; "There's nothing like family."


Friday, November 18, 2016

2016-10-30 - Sunday - Third face

Sunday I finally got around to putting a face on the third blank. He's a happy fellow.