Monday, August 18, 2014

Ice House Gallery

Jeff has pots in "Earth, Wind and Fire, A Celebration of Wood Fired Ceramics", an exhibition at the Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs, WV. When most people think of West Virginia they think of backwoods Appalachia, banjo playing, and coal mining. Berkeley Springs is the exception. It is nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, and is known as the country's first spa. The area has many warm mineral springs that have attracted vacationers from the DC area for hundreds of years. The streets are lined with beautiful inns, spas, galleries, and shops.

Jeff Brown with Crawford Horne, curator of the exhibition

Crawford Horne, wood fire potter and curator of the show, opened the gallery for us on Tuesday evening so that we could have look at the exhibition.

Jeff's big pot!

That's Blair Meerfield's teapot in the back. Allison Severance on the right. Not sure who the cup on the left belongs to.

I really liked this little jar by Allison Severence, in the left foreground. Obviously someone else did too (note the red dot).

Crawford and his wife Leigh invited us to spend the night with them at their lovely home. It was the perfect break in driving from Connecticut to Seagrove. We were back in the 'grove by 6:00 pm on Wednesday, just in time for Miss Sophie's dinner. She had lots of good care while we were gone, but we could tell that she missed us. It feels good to be home and back to making pots. 

Next up is the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary, NC. That's next Saturday - August 23rd.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What I did on my summer vacation...

I warned you with the title, click away now if vacation pictures will bore you to tears!

A week ago we left my sister's home and traveled south to New Haven, CT to spend time with Danielle and Jay. Jeff's friend Louise Harter lives in nearby Bethany, and on Sunday the four of us took a drive to visit her home and  pottery studio. I thought I took a couple photos of her wood kiln but when I got home I only had the bag wall! User error, still trying to get used to the camera phone. If you would like to see the whole kiln, there are photos on Robert Compton's website, just click here. Louise makes great wood fired pots and of course we brought home a new cup. We ended the day with dinner and a burlesque show at the 9th Note in downtown New Haven.  Louise and a friend met us there. The show was Danielle's idea and we all jumped on it. It was campy and fun with great costumes and pasties. The restaurant had a speak easy vibe and the food was tasty.

We were having fabulous weather so on Monday we went to Stony Creek in Branford, CT for a cruise of the Thimble Islands.

The Thimble Islands are close to shore and most are very small, only large enough to accommodate one home. There are a couple of larger islands with a cluster of homes. The homes vary from simple structures on stilts, to very large mansions.

The perfect ending to a day at seaside in New England must include lobster!

Our feast included the lobster along with, mussels, steamers, and crab cakes. We served it up with corn on the cob and a Caprese salad. The four of us were in a food coma after the meal and waddled off to bed quite early.
Tuesday it was time to hit the road. It is so hard to say good bye to Danielle and Jay, knowing it will be many months before we see each other again. Jeff and I took our time getting home, stopping in Berkeley Springs, WV for the night. I will spare you those details...
until tomorrow.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Family time...

Bow Lake, Strafford NH

The fair is over for us and now it's time for family and friends in beautiful New England. We have been fortunate to enjoy good weather. Mostly sunny days, with little to no humidity. Today we will pick up my Dad and take him to Wolfeboro, NH to stay with us at my sister's home. It will be nice to have a few days together.