The past few days here on Cape Cod have been as pleasant as it ever gets in March. Temperatures in the 50s during the day, sunny skies, crocuses in full bloom in the yard and green shoots pushing up in all the gardens. For those of us who make things to sell to the market of summer visitors, it's a reminder to build inventory. So I fired yesterday, a kiln filled with chowder bowls, mugs, vases and teabowls. I opened and unloaded this morning. It was a quiet firing on the Shino side, with the carbon-trap trapping very little carbon. That happens sometimes. But the Leach White Ash glaze took the spattered iron slip very well, showing iron red and brown against the pale white ash glaze. And the dependable temmoku with copper red and white ash glazes over the rims looks good. Here's a selection from the firing. The chowder bowls are inspired by two handled bowls that our friends Denise Marcoux and Chris Bromfield bought from potter Paul Jessop last fall in Barrington. Here in New England, clam chowder and fish chowder are popular local soups and calling these bowls "chowder bowls" will help the buyer figure out why he or she needs them. So, thanks, Paul (and Denise, who told me I should make some), for the inspiration.
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