Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Go Avery Potters!




Improv Girl Patti Connor-Greene teaches ceramics at the Avery Senior Center. Sue Grier recently donated 40 years worth of Ceramics Monthly as a resource for these very enthusiastic students of clay.

Monday, March 11, 2013

While at NC Potters Conference, a visit to Dwight Holland's house - WOW

Mugs along every beam in the kitchen & dining room.

Platters & plates all over the wall where the circular staircase  is.

A dinnerware set.

Teapots!

Tallest piece we saw...

Mata Ortiz pots behind a door.

More teapots.

Patti talking with Dwight Holland.

On the Saturday evening during the conference, everyone is invited out to Dwight Holland's house for camaraderie and to see his incredible pottery collection. I believe I heard him say that he has more than 1200 pieces and to see these pictures - one will agree - and these are just a sample. Simply inspirational and tons of fun! We are encouraged to enjoy the pottery - handle with care. His collection has been donated to East Carolina University in Columbia, NC as a teaching resource.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Improv takes in the N.C Potters Conference - Asheboro, NC

The gallery show at Randolph County Arts Center.

above: Tara Wilson's work in progress; below: Tara at work.


above: Julia Galloway demonstrating slip technique; below: work in progress. 

above left: Peter's work in progress; above: Peter Beasecker at work



Ernst, Denise, Sue & Patti
Watching potters work is always good. It doesn't really matter where you are in your level of making - it is reaffirming to keep experiencing. This past weekend the Improv Girls , Denise, Patti & Sue, plus fellow potter/friend Ernst trekked to Asheboro to watch Tara Wilson, Julia Galloway and Peter Beasecker throw & converse about how & why they make pots.
     see also: www.peter-beasecker.com
                   www.juliagalloway.com
                   www.tarawilsonpottery.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It's been so very long....

Back in September 2012, we three traveled to Arrowmont to attend Utilitarian Clay VI. The cast of presenters were all emerging ceramic artists - none of the oldies-but-goodies. Interesting to hear from this generation of makers and the challenges they face. Some not so different from times past, some part of the contemporary scene. Somehow missed getting a photo of the Improv Girls - but the Smoky Mountains were lovely. Stay tuned as we head to the North Carolina Potters Conference this weekend in Asheboro, NC.