We will have our first summer kiln-opening this Saturday, starting a series of small Saturday events here at the pottery. I will fire the kiln Friday and it should be cool enough to open by 11 a.m. These kiln-openings are always chancy affairs, not knowing until the door is open what kind of glaze results we've got. But people seem to like to see and handle the newly fired, still-warm pots. And we've found here that the best way to get our pots into the hands of buyers is to invite them here to the pottery. Craft shows and galleries are fine, but inviting people into your home and studio seems to be a good way of making new friends and customers. It will be only me this weekend, but in the coming openings - most of them two weeks apart - we will have a single guest artist showing work in a tent on the lawn. Donna Sutherland's paintings and prints, Donna Andrews-Maness's jewelry, Kim Collins's jewelry and a couple of other Cape artists and their work will be part of shows through the summer. We will open the kiln at 11 a.m. and unload pots, then our gallery will be open until 4 p.m. The bisque-fired pitchers seen above are now in the kiln and will come out glazed Saturday morning. The finished pots on the kiln shelf, also above, are from our last firing, about a month ago. And the pitcher with flowers from Dee's garden here is to illustrate that even if you don't use a pitcher on your table for water or milk or sangria (but, of course, you should ... ), you can still use a pitcher as a vase. My friend Maria Blackburn of Maryland said something like that when she looked at her new pitcher a couple of days ago. "I can put flowers in this," she said, showing that she thinks right about her pots. We'll be open Saturday at 10 a.m., with the kiln opened an hour later. ------ Driving Directions: From Route 151, enter Boxberry Hill Road at the blinking traffic light at the intersection of 151, Boxberry Hill and Sam Turner, we're on the right, at the corner of Brady Drive, with a "Pottery" sign out front. Park in the driveway on Brady Drive. Coming from Falmouth via Sandwich Road, take a left on Hatchville Road at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation, pass Coonamessett Farm and bear right at the next fork. Hatchville Road dead ends at Boxberry Hill Road. Turn left at the stop sign and we're the second house on the left.
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