We took off Monday for about 48 hours in Boston and Vermont, touring the continually amazing Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and then heading out to Brattleboro, Vermont, for an overnight. The Gardner is a remarkable place, packed with Renaissance and older art, Roman and Greek sculpture, paintings by the American John Singer Sargent, Flemish tapestries ... whatever Ms. Gardner wanted to buy with her considerable fortune about a century ago. Go see it the next time you're in Boston.
Tuesday morning in Vermont, we headed to the forest and fields uphill from Putney to the remote kiln of Josh Gold. Josh has a train kiln, which he fires with a few friends for close to 60 hours, soaking at cone 8 for 24 hours and then climbing to cone 12 before shutting down.
Lots of nice pots in there, and the kiln was about half empty when we got there. Pots scattered in groups all over the grass outside the kiln shed. The ones I liked best were John Hull's. John was in school with me at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, back in the late '60s. Since then, he's become a teacher and a maker of simple and beautiful pots at his studio in Haddam, Conn. John is the one who invited us up to see the new pots. Many thanks, John. Always good to get to Vermont this time of year.
Below, a selection of photos from the opening. Top to bottom: the kiln shed, John Hull checking out his pots, a selection of Hull pots, teapot and many cups, platter and many more cups, one big jar.
(John's pots, by the way, are made of ordinary Laguna B-Mix, with a light spray of Avery flashing slip. Only a couple of them have Shino liner glazes.)
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