Much of today was given over to a long drive off-Cape to Braintree, just south of Boston, to pick up clay and chemistry at Portland Pottery. Portland will deliver, but I like getting in the truck, going over the bridge and carrying it back myself. Not long after I got back to the Cape, a line of thunderstorms came in ahead of a cold front and dumped buckets of rain on the truck, soaking through the clay boxes, but not the plastic-wrapped clay. Rather than unload wet boxes, I trimmed some shallow bowls from yesterday and then threw five five-pound brown stoneware pitchers for the next firing. Each is about ten inches tall and will take up space on the bottom shelf. I also went out into a very light rain late in the day and picked the ripe cayenne peppers off the three or four plants in the garden. These are very, very hot peppers. They ended up on a cookie sheet, drying in a low oven for use this winter. They're in the freezer now, their wonderful redness dulled down by the drying to something less vibrant than you see here. Tomorrow, handles on the pitchers and then a dry-stacking of the kiln for the next firing.
I make and sell functional pottery at Hatchville Pottery in Hatchville, a neighborhood of the town of Falmouth, at the west end of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I'm a former journalist - 20 years as a photographer, writer and editor - who began to make pottery about 20 years ago in Alexandria, VA. My training is in pots for eating, drinking and displaying flowers, often with an Asian or late British influence. Hamada Shoji, Phil Rogers, Dan Finnegan, Nakazato Takashi, Kanzaki Shiho are all influences.
Married 40 years to Dee, a massage therapist in Falmouth, with one child, Marcus.
To see more of my pots, go to my website at http://web.me.com/hatchvillepottery/Site/Home.html
DIRECTIONS TO THE POTTERY: We are at 494 Boxberry Hill Rd. in East Falmouth. Take the Route 151/Mashpee exit off Route 28 in North Falmouth, go east on 151 to the first flashing light, take a right onto Boxberry Hill. We're about a quarter mile down on the right, at the corner of Brady Drive. Call 508-563-1948 for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org