Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Finnegan workshop rocks Chatham




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.

11 comments:

tsbroome said...

Hey, welcome back. I stayed at an amazing place in Chatham back in the 80's called the Captain's House Inn. Is it still there? I stayed in the little gate house with the garden out back, just beautiful. Great place to stay while at the workshop if it's there!

Hollis Engley said...

Hi, Tracey. I believe the Captain's House Inn is still there. Sounds lovely. Chatham's a very nice little town. Dan stayed here in Falmouth with us, about an hour's drive from the workshop site. To get there, we had to drive right past The Country Store, home of the best breakfast burritos this side of Dee's in Santa Fe.

tsbroome said...

I was curious so I googled it and wow, what a website! Check it out
http://www.captainshouseinn.com/
I was there on business so the furniture company I was working for picked up the tab for me, boy I sometimes miss those days!

Hollis Engley said...

You mean to tell me that your pottery business doesn't put you up in fancy inns? I'd talk to the boss if I were you.

Mary said...

Great photos, Hollis! I blogged about the workshop a bit, too...and will do more tomorrow. great blog you have!

maria said...

Hola,
Thank-you very much,
I've added you to my blog list, my english is not very good, but ...... I can understand. My language is the Catalan and I have pleasingly surprised that you knew of it.

maria

Hollis Engley said...

Hola, Maria. I'm glad my message got through. I worked as a journalist in Barcelona during the Olympics in 1992. I love your part of the world.

Dan Finnegan said...

Thanks for the kind words, Hollis. You know that I've always appreciated your support. None of us do this by ourselves.
If you haven't packed up my shirt yet, I also left behind my cell phone charger by the dresser. I guess I was not at my sharpest when I left.
I'm still hoping you'll do a post about your trip to the islands, mon.

Hollis Engley said...

Dee's reaction to you leaving your charger: "The man is not reliable. He needs a keeper." I've got it. I'll pack it with the shirt. And then tomorrow I'll do a post on the water and palm trees and rum of Tobago.

Dan Finnegan said...

May I suggest that Dee is half right...I agree that I DO need a handler/keeper. But I think I'm reasonably reliable?!

Hollis Engley said...

Dee says, "I retract 'unreliable.' He's definitely reliable, but he absolutely needs a keeper."