The Cape Cod Potters' annual meeting yesterday at Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro was preceded by four hours of heavy concentration on bamboo, animal hair, fine trimming and epoxy. Paul Wisotzky, a Truro potter (blueberrylanepottery.com) with a gallery in Provincetown (Blue is its name), demonstrated his simple brush-making technique, then turned the afternoon over to about 20 of us who attacked deer, coyote and racoon tails for tufts that would become brush heads.
Maddeningly delicate work, at least at first, but after the first mangled brush, things came together. Most people walked out with eight to a dozen brushes, probably even now being tried out in studios around the Cape. I'll give mine a shot this afternoon, before beginning to dry-stack the kiln for a firing later this week.
The photos: Top, several of Kim Medeiros's brushes; Wisotzky demonstrating deer tail technique, with Castle Hill studio manager Brian Taylor looking on; Kim, Barn Pottery in Pocasset, in deep concentration as she cleans a bamboo handle; and Matt Kemp of Kemp Pottery in Orleans.