Most of you are familiar with the Empty Bowls project, a North Carolina-based national movement to bring potters and cooks together to help feed the hungry. Empty Bowls helps folks organize fundraisers that usually bring in cash for local feeding programs. Early on in my potmaking life I donated bowls to a big Empty Bowls project in Northern Virginia. Here on Cape Cod, our version of this movement is called Soup Bowls for Hunger. Every year about this time, the Cape Cod Potters (CCP) group begins to ratchet up the call for bowls from professional and amateur clay people, this year calling for 700 bowls for the April 14 dinner at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich. (The stash of bowls has been primed by a couple of pots donated by Virginia's Dan Finnegan from his workshop in Chatham last year.) So, that's part of what's been going on early this week in the studio. I usually give about 20 bowls to the dinner. The photo above shows many of them, some with swipes of white slip. Gail Turner, a fine potter in Brewster and co-president of the CCP, is an occasional reader of this blog and will be happy to see evidence of someone working for the Soup Bowls project. (Hi, Gail.) Onward ...
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