This beautiful Greek vessel - called a kylix - is in the museum at Delphi in Greece. It's an elegant thing, about nine inches in diameter and decorated with a simple drawing of Apollo on the interior. We saw this in the museum in 2008 while visiting the old mountainside complex of temples, treasuries and athletic complexes well outside Athens with our son Marcus and his Greek-American wife Anastasia Pantelias. Part of Anastasia's family lived in a town not far down the mountain just two generations ago. The kylix was a broad and shallow bowl set on a tallish foot and was used - according to online sources - as a drinking vessel at celebrations. This one dates to around 480 B.C.E. A similar kylix, which I found online, dates to a similar time and is credited to a potter named Kachrylion. I have no reason to think Kachrylion made this one, but isn't it reassuring to know that some actual potters are remembered 2,500 years after they made their last pot? The other Greek dish is more contemporary - a plate of fresh summer toppings for souvlakia grilled at the Pantelias home in Avlidas during that same vacation.
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