First, the Mint Museum's 7th Annual Potters Market Invitational. I try to get there every year to see the latest work by some of my favorite artists, meet new artists, and occasionally purchase some small items. (This year I snapped up two cups and will post them later.)
It was steamy inside the huge tent on the Mint's lawn, but it was well worth the perspiration. I caught up with Matt Jones (whom I hadn't seen since the last Thrown Together sale). He had a great selection of new work fresh from the kiln. Michel Bayne was there with his great faces and other decorations, like lobsters. I stopped to see Kim Ellington and his great wood-fired work. The last time I saw Kim, he was giving a lecture inside the Mint. I also had the pleasure of meeting Judith Duff and Donna Craven. I have been a big fan of their work for a while now.
I stopped to talk with several other artists, including Bruce Gholson and Samantha Heineke of Bulldog Pottery, David Stuempfle, I could only wave to Ronan Peterson of Nine Toes Pottery since he was swamped with customers. I stopped in to see Amy Sanders, but quickly got out of the way when some people wanted to become customers. For the third year in a row I tried to meet Ben Owen, but when I saw him in the booth he was surrounded and when I looked again (and again) he was gone. One of these days I will catch up with him.
After I left the Mint, I picked up my friend (and teacher) Greg Scott and his children to take them with me up to Hal Dedmond and Corine Guseman's house where a wood firing was in progress. It was great to see everyone there and enjoy the firing and the quiet of the country.
It was a lovely day and the firing went well. A wood firing is a very dramatic thing to watch. The almost constant stoking, the flames, the smoke, and the (hopefully) steady climb of temperature in the kiln are fascinating. One day I soon I hope to share in one.
It was a great day with wonderful friends and lots of pottery.
|The firebox at one end of the kiln.|
The other end.
|The moon rose on the way home.|