Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Meanwhile, back at the pottery ...



We've been occupied with Dan Finnegan's surgical recovery the past few days, but thought tonight we'd get in a bit of pottery-related news. (Since Dan is rebounding so well from his surgery.)
First, Alli Connolly has been working hard here the past couple of days, coming up with the beginnings of some two-piece pots that will eventually be her entry into the student part of the student/mentor program's show at the Cape Cod Museum of Art early next year. Alli's pots show what can happen if you just stand at the wheel and work on the clay. She's doing well.
Secondly, Marstons Mills potter Lois Hirshberg came by today to drop off a couple of pots for next week's firing, pots that didn't make it into the recent wood-firing at the Castle Hill kiln in Truro. It's always good to see Lois stray from Marstons Mills to the big city of Falmouth. The two of us did a gallery talk last year at the Cape museum in which she spontaneously became a turning pottery wheel so that I could show the uninitiated how we throw pots.
Third, the Cahoon Museum's "25 at 25" show opens Friday evening, 5 to 7 p.m., celebrating the charming little Cotuit museum's 25 years of existence. Former director Bob Gambone asked me last year to be a part of this show, and it's a privilege to be there with friend and fine slipware potter Ron Geering. Most of the work in the show will be by painters and other flat art people. It should be a good show. The two photos here are my two contributions to the show. The tall jug and the squatter vase were both fired in Chris Gustin's anagama in South Dartmouth. The vase has been contributed to the museum's permanent collection. Please come to the opening Friday if you're free, or drop by the museum to see the show before it closes at the end of the year.

6 comments:

doug Fitch said...

Beautiful pots Hollis, stunners. So many of your place names are the same as ours down here in the West Country.

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

That is the MOST beautiful pitcher. It's going up on the wall in my studio for inspiration!!! Love the glaze and the form so much. Of course I love those crusty crawly shino pots as well, but this is lovely!!

Hollis Engley said...
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Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, Doug and Tracey. Doug, I think a lot of our early settlers came from your end of the world. I grew up in Tisbury, on Martha's Vineyard, and I believe there is a giant tithe barn in Tisbury, England, where some of those folks came from. Tracey, that is one of my most favorite pots and it owes a lot to Phil Rogers' jugs, which in turn owe a lot to old Medieval English ones. It's now been in three museum shows, so I think it ought to be retired after this one.

Amy said...

Neat pieces. What's the glazing on the first one? Off to add your blog to my blog roll...I especially like your yunomis.

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, Amy. The top one was glazed with a Malcolm Davis Shino glaze and then woodfired. So it's a combination of the six days of ash and the glaze.