We expect to see hand-crafting of the genuine kind this weekend at Barnstable High School in Hyannis, when Michael Kline and Ron Philbeck bring their traveling pot-making road show to Cape Cod.
Michael and Ron, both of North Carolina, were in Fredericksburg, Va., last weekend for a workshop and will show up here Saturday to team up on pots and decorating. Word is that people are still calling to get into the workshop. For information and details, go to http://capecodpotters.org/workshops.htm
The workshop is sponsored by the Cape Cod Potters, the same group that helped bring Hannah McAndrew and Doug Fitch here from the UK last spring. We're expecting the same high quality of work, though that means the two North Carolinians will have to meet some high standards.
Photos: Top, a wonderful Michael Kline jug from the Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, Ma.; one of Ron Philbeck's great sgraffitoed platters; and at bottom, something I saw the other day at WalMart which just pissed me off. Apparently the marketing people at WalMart think calling factory-made work "hand made" adds value to a $3.58 mug. "Special glazing technique makes every piece unique." Right ...
Anyway, nothing like that this weekend with Kline and Philbeck.