This afternoon as I stared out at the rain that was falling from the gray sky, the rain that was so close to being sleet I shut my eyes just for a couple of moments and accidental spent a good while day dreaming. Suddenly I was lying on a beach next to a lake on Cape Cod, the sky was blue and the sun was shining and was warm on my back. I was enjoying a few moments of calm quietness for collecting thoughts amid the intense and wonderful trip that was the American Tour in April. Doug and me had only been on Cape Cod a couple of days and we were I think it is safe to say fairly stunned and shell shocked to actually be there and were somewhat terrified by the fact that we were to give a workshop in just another day or so’s time and still feeling rather rough from the time difference issue. We had gone for a walk down to a lake that Hollis had told us about and were just sitting in the sun being calm. I remember it being a lovely afternoon and I remember feeling the warmth in the sun and today I was neither having a lovely afternoon nor feeling any warmth.
My little day dream ended rather abruptly when Alan knocked on the door and brought my post in.
Anyway what it did do was remind me that I hadn’t yet shared the pots that made their ways home with me. These pictures I took not long after I got back and now the pots are all ensconced around the house doing their jobs and being used and enjoyed. Hopefully I’ll get all your names correct and attached tot he right pots, my apologies if I get muddled.
So above we have tea bowls by: John Ferraris (NC), David Stuempfle (Seagrove NC) and Hollis Engley (Cape Cod MA).
Mr Dan Finnegan (Fredericksburg VA)
Jug by Kevin Crowe (Amherst VA).
Two by Mr Michael Kline (Bakersville NC).
Oh heavens! Dish by Michael Hunt, (Bakersville NC)
Sweetie tiny spoon rest, slipped its way into my luggage just before I came home, Ron Philbeck (Charlotte NC).
I think that is the lot of them. They are all special and each of them reminds me of the different places we visited and the great times we had and all the laughs, sometimes so much laughing that there were tears and belly aches as a result. What a crazy wonderful incredible amazing mind blowing trip of a life time. To you all thank you once again. There are so many more stories that could be told (trip round the lake in a posh boat, hammocks and grapes, baseball / rounders) and some will probably appear at random points in the blog but others will probably be best told ‘in the flesh’ so to speak and yet others that just don’t translate to people that weren’t there at the time (hatchet man, frisbee, moonshine) but that to those of us that were there are just the funniest, warmest times.
Ahhhhhh it seems so very long ago but yet memories can take me there at the drop of a hat.x