Today's kiln-opening was a chattering time of pots, family and friends. Donna and I unloaded the kiln, with Dee's visiting siblings and their children and partners weaving in and out of the studio, down the gravel walkway to the gallery, stopping on the lawn to talk with friends ... finding pots they wanted to take home. A very nice morning. And a good firing, with lots of the new squared bowls, plus plates and vases and mugs. The family is here from Maine, New Mexico, Vermont and New York for the combined 85th birthdays of Doug and Jan Dorchester, Dee's parents. It was good to have all of them wandering the property, asking about the pots, picking up things they liked. And friends Donna, Brenda Horrigan and her son Cullen, Mike and Tammy Race and Fiona Manse and her friend Delia all contributed to the conversational mix. And a few pots were sold and a couple given away. We had good coffee, muffin tops from Beach Plum Bakery in Cataumet, and mimosas provided by Ms. Horrigan. It was very quiet when everyone left, until the arrival of kayakers Paul Lefebvre and his wife Milene Chioatto ... who also found pots they liked and took away two bicycles to use next week when Milene's Brazilian family comes to visit. In the midst of a summer season filled with people from all parts of the globe, this was a day of family and friends. Oh, and a word of thanks to our plumber and friend Gabriel, who responded ridiculously quickly to a call for help early Friday when the Baso valve on my kiln kept shutting down. The man's a genius, and got us back up and firing by noon, so that there would be new pots today. Here are a few photos of those pots.
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