Summer (is almost gone): A requiem

Under my black walnut the first few long yellow leaves have started to drift down, bringing with them the faint smell of autumn.  The nights are getting cooler but as I write this, the kiln is getting hotter.  I am firing pots for a number of upcoming shows and sales, then getting right back to the wheel to make work for our fall kiln sale where we will celebrate the completion of a few major construction projects around the workshop and kiln compound.

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This spring we sent 15 large pots down to Highlands, NC for an installation in the front courtyard of the Bascom.  There are four pots left for sale (but all 15 will be displayed until October.) and if you would like a piece from my first major installation let me know and I will send you images of available work.  There are also images on the East Fork Pottery facebook page.

I would like to welcome Corey Sizemore as the first apprentice at East Fork Pottery!  He has been making lots of lovely pots, which will be coming out of the kiln in the next few days and is a pleasure to work with.  Thank you Corey for all your hard work and putting up with my incessant nagging!

I will also be hosting a workshop here at East Fork with my friend Adam Field.  His pots are some of my favorites and I look forward to spending a few days with him here in NC.  The workshop is on September 17th and all the information can be found right HERE! BBQ LUNCH, BIG POT DEMOS, DECORATING, SLIDE TALKS and TOM FOOLERY!

There’s much more to catch up on but that’s the compressed version.  I hope you all are doing absolutely fantastic and we look forward to seeing you sometime this fall!

Very Best,

Alex and Connie


March Madness

It’s already well into March and our year of shows is off to a great start.  Last weekend we had an amazing time in Atlanta at our first American Craft Council show. The weekend started off with a fantastic feature in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.  You can read the article here. On Friday Matt Moulthrop was the judge for the Awards of Excellence that were given out at the show and we were one of the three winners.  By Sunday at about noon we sold the last pot in the booth!  Thank you so much to everyone who came out and supported us, it was an amazing weekend and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Our next event starts tonight at midnight!  There is great collection of pots at Crimson Laurel Gallery that go live tonight at 12:00pm.  They are from the 3rd and 4th firings.  The show is called Encore and David and John had this to say, “We thought our most successful successful solo show of 2011 deserved an encore.”  See the show here and support a great gallery that supports many great artists!  The pitchers in this show are some of the best I’ve made.

Coming up on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th is the 15th annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival.  There will be pots from the 5th firing there, including some Turkish cups (Turkolina Tulips) and lots of mugs and pitchers.  It is always a great weekend with lots of great potters and a great party on Friday night  (the BBQ is fantastic).  Bring a lawn chair for the line because this one gets long!

Also on the 23rd is the 12 annual Yunomi invitational at the AKAR gallery in Iowa City.  This show is available exclusively online.  There are over 200 artists who have each submitted 5 cups for the show.  Many artist designate that their proceeds go to benefit the beautiful ceramics magazine Studio Potter.  3 of my 5 cups will benefit Studio Potter.  I gave them 5 beautiful Turkish Cups from the 4th firing last November.

So that’s it until April.  Thank you all so much for the support.
With Gratitude,

Alex and Connie
East Fork Pottery
March 2012