I always like Dan Finnegan's description of functional clay dinnerware as "good pots for good food." That's what we had here in Hatchville tonight, while the light snow swirled around the Christmas lights on the deck outside the dining room. Bob Skilton and Jo Ann Muramoto and Mike and Tammy Race were here for dinner after seeing "The Reader" at the nearby Nickelodeon Theater. Jo Ann made a delicious posole pork stew with red and green chile, Tammy made a salad, Mike made flan for dessert. Dee and I supplied the cooking facilities. As she was tasting the stew, Jo Ann said, "Do you have any bowls?" And then she laughed, knowing the answer. There are plenty of my bowls on this table, but also a Finnegan teabowl, a Willi Singleton teabowl and a yellow earthenware bowl from a Quebec potter in front of Dee (who's at the right), a Byron Temple wood-fired bowl full of posole in front of Bob (next to Dee), and Jo Ann is seen dropping a handful of cilantro into her Bill Van Gilder bowl full of posole. The bowl in front of my empty chair is a wood-fired one from one of Chris Gustin's assistants and the iron red water pitcher was made by Gerry Williams. Tomorrow I'll fire the electric kiln with several slipware bowls. We'll see ...
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