Well, "rocks" might be a bit more active a verb than is appropriate for the Dan Finnegan workshop this past weekend at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, but he kept most people from falling asleep over two days of stories and pot-making. Laughter and good back-and-forth between potter and students is a hallmark of what Dan does when he demonstrates, and these two days were exactly that. Full disclosure: Dan is a good friend, a teacher of mine for a number of years and a firing partner in a couple of wood kilns. I like the guy, so I'm prejudiced. But any group of potters looking for a couple of days of exquisite and intentional pot-making, entertaining stories, thoughtful answers to questions, pottery history and an all-around good time could do no better than to hire Finnegan to bring his act to their studio. I think any of the members of the Cape Cod Potters who was at this workshop or his previous one a couple of years back would agree. Call Gail Turner at Millstone Pottery, co-president of the group, and ask her. OK, end of commercial. I told Finnegan I would beat him to the blogosphere with this and a couple of photographs, but there will no doubt be more on his blog when he gets back to Virginia. He returns to the Cape, by the way, in September for a week-long wood-firing seminar using the new train kiln at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, down-Cape in Truro (www.castlehill.org). Take a look at the website and sign up.
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