Saturday, July 18, 2009
A bit of a family party ...
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.