I'll be doing a throwing demonstration tomorrow morning, Saturday July 25, at 11. I don't do many of those, mostly because I like to throw alone in my studio and because I'm not asked all that much. I think my throwing skills are average. On the other hand, most of the people who want to see this kind of thing have never touched clay, so even decent throwing is pretty amazing. I remember watching the late Dennis Davis, my first clay teacher, when he first demonstrated throwing for our beginner class. It was like magic. And you'll notice that the magician in the photo on this page is not me, but Dan Finnegan of Fredericksburg, Va. This was taken last year in Chatham at Dan's workshop at the Creative Arts Center for the Cape Cod Potters. Note the elegance, the grace, the delicacy, the precision, the finger placement. Note how damn good he is. Well ... my demo will be perhaps less graceful, but it should be fun. If you're in the area, please come by the Woods Hole Historical Museum in Woods Hole and watch for a while.
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 email@example.com