Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Roadtrips and pottery




Let's just say my roadtrip this weekend didn't live up to expectations. Not even close. Too much driving, too many u-turns, too much really bad coffee, not enough road signs, too many mistakes in the Mapquest directions, too little reception for the cell when the tire no longer has enough tread, too few tow trucks when the two truck carrying our car also blew their tire, and way too many bug bites from sitting next to a cotton field waiting for someone to find us in the middle of nowhere. Now I have whined about it for too long...

So we got home last night very late. Piled a U-haul truck full of stuff for my stepson and his family. Doesn't seem to have made much of a dent? Scarey, a truck full of stuff and there is still too much here! Our next shipment is on Thursday...maybe then it will seem a bit more managable!

Needless to say I haven't gotten any stiching time in so instead of talking quilts I decided to show some photos of my other love...pottery. (I saw Laura's collection on her blog Pine Ridge Quilter and really enjoyed them!) I love the feel of hand-thrown pottery. I particulary like it if I get to meet the potter or know something of them. A majority of my collection is either from Ireland, the southern U.S. or New Mexico. A few I've made myself...the two face jugs at the top of this posting are mine! Edgefield S.C. is famous for it's facejugs made in the late 1700's so I felt I should make one...paticularly since that was the only way I'd ever be able to afford one!

The center piece is a Majollica dish my Mother gave me. She bought it in England when she was stationed ther during World War II. How ironic that it will make the trip back there again! The blue and tourquise vace to it's right is typical of what I buy when I'm out west. On the shelf below are several Irish pieces fromNicolas Mosse Pottery. I visited his pottery back in the early 1980's and have continued to add pieces ever since. My earlier pieces from him are a lovely grey with a blue dove on the side. (those are aleady packed.)

The purple-blue round pot is from Polly Whitcomb who has a gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. The glaze on this one is so unusual I love to just stare at it! The round dish next to it comes from Carlsbad N.M. Whenever I visit my sister who lives there I go to the Artist Exchange downtown. A group of artist share exhibit and sales space. I've never walked out of there empty handed or had buyers regret! I particularly like Bill Crabb's work. He uses lots of blue and tourquise glazes which I am obviously patial to!


The raku vase in the photo on the lower left came from Dave Warfield in Maryland. The smaller jar with a top was made by Jack Mason from around Atlanta, Georgai. He also painted and did sculpture pieces. This piece has traveled with me a long way...over twenty years! And unlike the couch, clothes or even plates that I bought back then, I still love this jar. Most of my pieces are already packed or are in places I've made unaccessable due to huge piles of "stuff." I'm acually looking forward to just getting there so I can refind things again!

11 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh your pottery is so fun! I loved Laura's and love yours! The first one that you said your mother gave you is so beautiful - aren't you afraid it will get broken taking it back to England? That is just too special! It is so fun to see different things sometimes!

anne bebbington said...

The Jack Mason piece is definitely my favourite too - as big a hassle as moving is, there is something akin to Christmas when you start opening boxes and re-finding things all over again

ForestJane said...

You blew a tire, called for a tow, that truck blew a tire, called for another tow, and THAT second tow truck blew a tire?

It certainly sounds like this was NOT your trip!

YankeeQuilter said...

whoops a typo...only the first tow truck blew a tire. (of course after the car was loaded on the flatbed!) I think I was still wired on the bad coffee when I posted.

Laura said...

I love it all!!! The majollica dish is to die for! You are so lucky to have that. I love my redware, but I am mostly partial to blue glazes also.

Tonya R said...

I do love that turquoise face jug with the big nose - you did such a good job with him.

Road trip sounds completely miserable - glad you made it back safely.

Judy said...

Unpacking can be like that...a treasure hunt in the making! It will be all good once you finally get moved and over to the new place.

The pottery is so beautiful and fun!

Jan R said...

Jack L Mason (1930-1986)whose raku pot you showed was my brother-in-law. His studio & home in Stone Mtn GA was destroyed in 2009 by flood & mold, so whatever work of his you have you should cherish. I cherish his work that I have.

Alan Fann said...

The Jack L Mason home has been restored! Talk to my partner, who is an agent if you want to buy - alex@alexsellsatlanta.com

Here's the link on Zillow: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1171-Cedar-Park-Cir-Stone-Mountain-GA-30083/14537601_zpid/

Alan Fann said...

I have started a board on Pinterest. Please add whatever photos or other date you would like!

Alan

http://pinterest.com/salanfann/jack-mason/

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