We're headed off Cape Cod early tomorrow morning to drive to Washington for Barack Obama's inauguration. An African-American man will assume the presidency of this country for the first time, and we want to be there to see it. Dee and I are both 61 years old and we both remember the horrific things this country went through - in the North as well as the South - during the years of the civil rights movement. Black America endured beatings, murders and deprivation of the rights that most non-African Americans took for granted. Parts of this country up to the 1960s were little better than South Africa under apartheid. Committed white activists suffered, too. We are not a perfect nation yet. But the November election of a young African-American man to the office once held by slaveholders was a huge step, a piece of discernible progress. And we want to see Barack Obama sworn in. So we'll be on the National Mall west of the Capitol on Tuesday, with our binoculars and warm coats, our friend Julie Doyle and perhaps another three or four million friends. It will be a great day.
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