Sunny weather keeps people on the beaches. That's a natural law here on Cape Cod this time of year.
The first two days of the Chatham Festival of Arts last weekend were gorgeously sunny and warm, which mean smallish crowds (is that an oxymoron?) at the craft fair. There was much standing around among vendors, visiting from booth to booth, complaining, complaining, complaining ...
Which led Mac, my neighbor in the booth to the left, to ask, "What's the difference between a puppy and a craft fair vendor? ... The puppy will eventually grow up and stop whining." Well ... it was funny at the time ...
In the end - which means Sunday - the threatening clouds came and drove the sun-worshippers off the sand and to the craft fair. Crowds were better, sales were better, the whine quotient was down considerably as money changed hands at a higher rate than the previous two days. It turned out to be - for me, anyway - a worthwhile show, if not a bonanza. As always, many good conversations with buyers and browsers and a few good sales.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've e-mailed back and forth with Laura Burns, a schoolteacher and amateur potter in New York City who has discovered various pottery blogs, including this one. She also read the Studio Potter blogging piece that I wrote with the help of North Carolina potter Meredith Heywood. Laura spends some summer vacation time on nearby Martha's Vineyard and wanted to come over here to the Cape to see pots.
Yesterday, she showed up. I knew she was coming, but nearly missed her because I had to be out digging clams with a friend and, as we know, time and tide wait for no clamdigger. But she was still in the gallery when I pulled into the driveway and we spent some time together talking about potting and blogging. She works in a community studio in Long Island City, Queens, firing cone 6 electric. But she's a Shino fan and left here with four nice Shino cups and a small ash-glazed bowl. And she agreed to be photographed with one of her new cups. So here she is.
And a photo of her hands and the cup, and a photo of the hands of Portland, Me., painter Oana Lauric (artoujours.com ... check it out), with a small vase fired in Dan Finnegan's Virginia kiln.