I was waiting for Friday with even more anticipation than usual this week since Kim Ellington was going to be giving a lecture at the Mint Museum on Friday morning. He spoke about the history of North Carolina Catawba Valley traditional pottery.
Thanks to Adrienne Dellinger, Burlon Craig's family has been my touchstone to this type of pottery. It was fascinating to hear Kim talk about the history that led up to Burlon Craig and the path to the future. It seems Kim has been concerned for some time that there were no young potters studying the traditional shapes and methods to take it to the next generation. More than just sustaining the tradition, he wanted to see it grow.
He realized his dream when the head of Catawba Valley Community College contacted him about starting a ceramics curriculum. That was the beginning of the Catawba Valley Potter's Workshop. Kim, his son and a few friends built all the tables, shelves, and wheel tables using local lumber and really made an amazing space for the school. The program is going strong and is taking on a life of it's own.
It's great to know that people like Kim are keeping the tradition alive.
After the lecture Adrienne, Rick and I went for a nice lunch at the Vietnam Grille. (Seems to be a trend for me, eh?) While we were all in a hurry, it was nice to spend even a little while with my good friends.