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car, pottery, travel, truck -

"If you are going to be a potter, you need to have a truck."  That's what one of my Art Professor's said many years ago.  That's not bad advice - my first few vehicles were trucks (81 Toyota, 95 F-150, and 78 F-100)  and each one was helpful for hauling materials and traveling to shows.  But my latest work vehicle is a Volkswagen Jetta and for where we are at in pottery and life, she's perfect.  

Here the Jetta is getting ready for an early morning pottery delivery.

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bottom, pots, pottery, texture -

    Lately, the bottom of some of my pots have turned out better than the top.

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basement, pottery, snow, studio, valley, workshop -

  It's about that time of year again.  We're hoping to get a few good snows, reminiscent of the 09-10 winter. We made pottery out of our  basement in the Shenandoah Valley back then.   There wasn't a whole lot of room.  My pottery wheel is just to the right of where I was pricing and packing these pots.  If I stood on my tip toes I could scratch my head on the ceiling.  Ya, it was a small workshop, but a sweet one.      

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God, Hamada, pots, pottery, Shoji -

  There's a sign above the door in my pottery studio that reads Jehovah Jireh Pottery.  Jehovah-jireh means the LORD provides and the sign is a reminder to me that God is the great provider.  I love Him.  I am forever grateful that he sent his son Jesus do die on our behalf. The great potter, Shoji Hamada, once said, "Making pottery should not be like climbing a mountain, it should be more like walking down a hill in a pleasant breeze."    Granted, Hamada was far more skilled then I in making pots, I sometimes feel as though I am falling...

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