Monday 16 May 2011

More from Cape Cod and stuff from today in the workshop.

Howdy Folks, here's the next installment.
Here are Hannah and Hollis, enjoying a brew in Hollis' favorite coffee shop. We went there most mornings - it was a lovely way to start the day. Hollis would meet up with a few of his friends, before they all headed off to work for the day. What a civilized start to the day.
This is lovely Janet, who brought in the most beautiful baked goods...........and this stinky durian, a fruit, so pungent, it's banned from hotels and hospitals in Bangkok. I tasted better that it smelled - but that's not saying much!

We visited a number of local potters. This is Ron Geering's showroom. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet Ron as he was in the UK at the time, but it was great to see his pots.
This is Gail Turner who had much to do with organizing our trip to the US, thank you so much Gail
Tessa Morgan.

And this is Kimberly Sheerin Madeiros.

The workshop was held in the local High School. It was interesting to see inside an American school - I was reminded of a show my boys used to watch, called Saved by the Bell. We were absolutely terrified! We were presented with Falmouth High School sweatshirts which we're wearing in this photo.

So to the demo. We each showed short films about our lives at home, then a brief slideshow of historical pots and then on to the clay. This is a puzzle jug I made, blasted with a gas burner to make it tough enough to assemble, then blasted again to a stage where it could be decorated.

Hannah did her magic with the slip trailer, which wowed the folks at each of the workshops.

I think that the finished piece is to be auctioned to raise funds to help the potters of Japan who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

The Cape Cod Potters. These were lovely people, really good fun to be with.

And afterwards, on to an 'English' pub, which was quite authentic - it could almost have been beside the sea in Exmouth - there was even English beer. Hannah and I were both greatly relieved at this stage - we'd been terrified, but we'd done it! Beeeeer :-)

The birds were amazing - huge Ospreys, nesting on a platform beside a lake.
And some kind of strange wading bird.

So more pictures of the trip to follow in subsequent posts, but now on to current stuff that's happening in the workshop. I'm making pots now for Earth & Fire at Rufford and trying to catch up on a number of orders that I meant to get made before I went away, but ran out of time.

Oak and ash, leaf resist jug
Some jugs with applied decoration upturned to dry their bases.
I didn't quite get my timing right on this large harvest jug - oops, try again.
8.5lb low-bellied 'medieval' jug. It's curious, I wondered how the trip would influence the pots I make. I think rather than showing American influence, they're more 'English' than ever - perhaps I have a much stronger sense of my own identity?
A crazy experiment
This is a collaborative pot, made by me, then stunningly decorated by my friend Andrew Grundon.
It's going to an exhibition in the Imagine Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk, the subject, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
We're enjoying doing these pieces together. This is a puzzle jug commemorating the recent Royal Wedding.
He's a clever boy.....
...with a sweet smile

He came up from Cornwall to deliver the pots on Thursday, then stayed for the day and we cracked on with finishing construction of the workshop.
Here's the latest addition, belted together with big nails and made entirely from salvaged materials. It looks a bit of a mess at the moment, but a lick of paint and it'll look sweet.
That's all for the moment - are you still awake?! More soon, bye for now


Ron said...

Wow! Digging the new addition. Pots that Frank drew on are Amazing!!! Well done both of you.

Dan Finnegan said...

I'm glad that you are finding your way back into your work. I always take a while to get over my regular visits to England. So far I've got no plan to visit this summer, but it hasn't turned hot and humid yet. That always softens up my resolve!

Anonymous said...

Wish I had a shed like yourn - I only have a hovel in The Woods. My morning dose of pots is very inspiring thanks, from a lowly wood hewer.


Anna M. Branner said...

Glad the names are right on the wedding jug...:) And BOY you have just jumped right in I think, as if the trip was just a dream...?? LOVE the crazy jug with all the sprigs!!

Hannah said...

Hey boy, some kind of strange wading bird! Charming, less of the strange thank you. Lovely memories.
Nice sheds.
Fab pots, like the crazy ones a lot.

Hollis Engley said...

I'm late commenting on the post, Doug. But the new work looks great. And that jug for Imagine was stunning, too. And who's the old guy lounging in the coffee shop? The weed burner arrived today, by the way. Big roaring flames in the Hatchville studio.

Anthony said...

I love the jug you did with Andrew Grundon. I stumbled across it on the Imagine Gallery website. If I had the money, I'd buy it in a trice.

Unfortunately, the operative word in that sentence is "if"...

Hannah said...

Oy! More blogging boy, come on pulll your finger out. More American tales please! Remind me what we did in that world so many years ago.