Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Inspirational House Guest

Last week was the North Carolina Potters Conference. If money was plentiful, I would have definitely attended this year. Tony Clennell, Sunshine Cobb, and Steven Godfrey, were presenters. Even though I didn't get to attend, Jeff and I had the pleasure of hosting Tony after the conference. We lured him to 505 E Main with the promise of Jeff's famous barbecue. He took the bait and stayed with us for two days.

Monday night we invited a few potter neighbors over and we all feasted on a smoked shoulder, slaw, roasted veggies, and plenty of beer and wine to wash it all down. Lots of stories were shared.

I mentioned last week that I have been feeling "scattered" and sort of in a slump. A change of a pace, and a few days of inspiring conversation, has kicked my ass to get back to work. I have spent a couple of days making pots that were not piggy banks or sponge holders.

This evening I photographed these pots of Tony's that are now part of our collection. Pots in person are the best, but I really enjoyed photographing them, and seeing them in a different light. 


  1. Its a damn shame they have that conference for potters and potters can't afford to go. I have never been to one, its in my backyard but I never had the spare money to attend.
    Now, I have the money, but I'm not making pots and can't afford the distraction. Bleh.

  2. Those are great photos of Tony's pots. I've been in a slump for a couple of months now and really need to crack the whip over my shoulders.

  3. So, have you used the "bacon holder" yet ? As far as workshops go this one is reasonably priced when you consider that 8 meals are included but it comes at a lean time of year for many people.Glad you had fun with Tony

  4. The conference price is reasonable when, like Dennis said, meals are included. I am just broke this time of year!

  5. You are so lucky to spend time with such fun and interesting potters. I have my friends, but they aren't leading workshops, nor traveling across the country to do so. Maybe they will one day. Kuddos for getting 2 Clennel pots.

  6. I had never seen this guy's work--he takes an interesting approach!


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