Only the stars, the waning moon and my truck's headlights will light the highway Saturday at 4:30 a.m. as I head from Falmouth to Wellfleet for the annual Wellfleet OysterFest. This will be the third year that I've set up my tent at the OysterFest. It's always a good crowd. In fact, a huge crowd. The narrow streets of the little down-Cape town are jammed Saturday and Sunday with visitors, shoppers and oyster-consumers. This year's event will be a good test of the buying mood of the pottery-consuming public. The past two festivals have drawn thousands and have been profitable for most of us. So the sales totals at the end of the weekend may give us an idea of how the holiday season is going to go. The economic news has been dismal in the extreme; we'll see if that means people will forego the purchase of that $25 mug or cereal bowl. If you're in the area and the weather's good, come on down. Wellfleet is known for its wonderful oysters and they're available in every possible guise during the festival. Plus, for the oyster-phobic, down at the bottom of the parking lot I'm in there is always a vendor of really, really good sausages. The show starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and closes down at 5. In the attached photo, my wife Dee makes a rare visit waaaayyyy down-Cape to see the setup at the OysterFest.
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 email@example.com