Last night we said good bye to Robert Young. He is headed to back to Texas to spend more time with family, before returning to Guam. The photo above are some of the pots that he was able to finish during his stay here. He was fortunate that the weather cooperated, and he was able to get these bowls to the trimming stage in less than a week! Jeff says he's a good student and progressed a lot in this short time. Robert says it's the most pots he has ever thrown in week's time.
We took a couple of breaks on Friday and Saturday and visited some of the area potteries. Above is Robert with Mark and Meredith, over at Whynot Pottery. It was the only photo I took. Robert took lots, so I am sure when he gets home he will post some on his blog and facebook. Also included on the tour were Tom Gray Pottery, Samantha Henneke & Bruce Gholson of Bulldog Pottery, Jugtown, and Westmore Pottery. Everyone was so welcoming and gave studio tours, as well as talking about their processes. If it were a different time of year, we would have been able to get out do more visiting. Hopefully, one day, Robert will return to Seagrove for another visit.
Today is packing day for me. Last weeks kiln load is sanded and ready to be boxed up. Jeff squeezed in one last firing overnight (he is now fast asleep) and we will unload that and pack it up just before we leave for New Hampshire on Wednesday. I am excited about seeing my family and friends up north, but not looking forward to the long drive hauling a trailer, and all the work involved in building the booth for the League of NH Craftsmen Show. I get anxiety just thinking about it. Typically, once we are on the road I am feeling relieved and can take a deep breath.