Dan Finnegan's been on the Cape for a week, teaching a wood-firing course out at the train kiln in Truro, built and owned by the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. Dee and I drove out to Truro this morning, at the distant eastern end of Cape Cod, to see the results of the 31-hour firing. Finnegan will no doubt put a full report on his blog, but since I had the photos today, I thought I'd put a couple of them up for people to see. The train kiln was built a couple of years ago by Donovan Palmquist and a group of students. It sits on what used to be a U.S. Air Force radar installation on the sandy bluffs above the Atlantic Ocean. We stayed only long enough to see a few pots come out. But what we saw looked like the kiln is doing pretty good work. It also looked like Phoenix and B-Mix clay take the fire and ash very well in this kiln. I'll attach a few photos of the Truro opening - including Finnegan checking out a coil-built teapot by Jim Irvine and talking with Shelley Fenily about one of her pots just pulled from the chamber. I'll also attach a photo of a lovely little blue ash-glazed and crackle-slipped teabowl that arrived in the mail a couple of days ago from Brandon Phillips in Texas. We're trading teabowls, and a temmoku pot is headed his way right now. Thanks, Brandon, it's a very nice pot. The crackle works great with the ash glaze. It's already held my coffee for my last kiln-opening and Dee drank V-8 from it this morning.
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