I got word this morning that one of the three pots I submitted to the biennial State of Clay exhibit was selected for the show by juror Jim Lawton. (Lawton heads the clay program at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, near New Bedford.) That's nice news on a cold (8 degrees F.) day here on Cape Cod. The State of Clay show is at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society's gallery near Boston and is for clayworkers who live in Massachusetts or once lived in the state. This year's show will include 80 pieces selected from 285 entries. It's the second time I've entered and the second time I've had work selected, so I feel pretty lucky. This particular pot is eight inches tall, six inches deep. It's thrown from white stoneware (B-Mix), paddled when leather-hard, and glazed on the outside with Bright Shino, which often does some spidery carbon-trapping in reduction, as it did here. It has a liner glaze of Phil Rogers' standard ash recipe, stiffened a bit with extra Grolleg kaolin. It was fired on its side on wadded scallop shells in my gas kiln here. State of Clay will run from Tuesday, March 31, through Saturday, April 25 at the gallery at 130 Waltham Street in Lexington. The opening reception, which was a lot of fun two years ago, will be Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. Juror Lawton will give a gallery talk about his selection process and announce winners of individual awards that day. The 2007 show was a great overview of claywork in Massachusetts and this one is certain to be that, as well. Come to the opening.
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