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#1 Chris Campbell

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 11:22 AM

Before you have to tackle the real work of Thanksgiving dinner ... let's have some fun with a virtual one!
Think of potters, past or present, and decide who you would invite to share Thanksgiving dinner and tell us why.
Could be an intimate affair or an interesting party but remember, you have to feed them and clean up after so keep your list of invites down to a manageable number.
I already have three in mind ..... hmmmm ....

Which potters, past or present, would you like to invite to Thanksgiving dinner and why?

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#2 Wendy Peck

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 12:04 PM

I'm Canadian, so my Thanksgiving is a distant memory, but I can still think of those I would have loved to have.

Lisa Orr, a creative potter and a wonderfully kind and intelligent human being. Her work and her person match so seamlessly, I feel I knew her before I met her.

Chris Campbell (I know you weren't fishing -- that's why you get to come.) Chris has taken a technique and made it her own, then generously shared everything she learns, and is a gracious, funny and kind person who has the tidiest studio I have ever seen.

Tony Winchester, who is somewhere in the Midwest, and mostly invisible on the pottery stage, but has talent and passion for the craft that I have rarely seen in any medium. To see him on the wheel is to see a man in love (or a boy at play -- not sure which is the more attractive image). Oh, yes, and I love his work, as well. (His mug has been my companion every morning for a decade now.)

Gayle Bair, with her sgraffito masterpieces, finely crafted and whimsical at the same time. Gayle is friendly, caring and confidently modest. Great talker, smart and witty -- like her work.

Betsy Begor Perkins who no longer does pottery. Her work spoke to me so loudly from North Carolina to my home in NW Ontario, thanks to the Web, that I contacted her. Then, met her on a trip through, and we have been strong friends ever since. I still mourn that she has moved to other places with her art, but her work still informs mine, and my potter's table would be incomplete without her.

The list could go on, but I have restricted myself to those I have met and felt profoundly richer for having done so. In reality, you could pick 12 potters and random, sit them around a table, and I am pretty sure I would be happy.

#3 Chris Campbell

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:08 PM

Thanks Wendy ... I'd love to attend!

Everybody else must be out grocery shopping ...

First, I would invite George Orr, because who wouldn't want to ask The Mad Potter of Biloxi a few questions?
Pete Pinnell because he would know what questions to ask and could explain the answers.
Walter Ostrom, because I can listen to him talk pots all day long.
Malcolm Davis who would liven up any dull moments.
Sandi Pierantozzi because she is so talented and much fun to talk pottery with.
Dorothy Feibleman because her work is so incredibly gorgeous.
and me ... I'll bring the wine!

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:50 PM

Shoji Hamada...to have a chance to talk to him about the connection between pots and life
Paul Soldner...just to have a chance to talk to him...I think he would be fun
Marko Fields...because he is so hilarious and his work is so much fun
Sergei Isupov...to get a glimpse into his artistic psyche
Marilyn Levine...the first woman ceramic artist I became aware of

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:01 PM

Sarah Irvine because I love her sensitive landscape on vases
Mary McLaughlin because she was a revolutionary woman potter
Adelaide Robineau and Taxile Doat because together they taught at the Women's University in 1915 in St. Louis
Bernard Palissy because of his passion for his work and firing
Piccolpasso because he was a historian of Italian Majolica
Lucca Della Robbia because of his compositions of fruit and vegetables.

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#6 Chris Campbell

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 07:01 PM

Awww ... C,mon ... 190 visitor hits and nobody wants to invite anyone to dinner?
Don't be shy .... You know the only thing potters like better than free food is a perfect kiln load.
Invite your best pottery bud, your first teacher ... Your Mom who loves your pots no matter what.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:39 PM

Okay! I'd invite people I've never met but want to.

Chris Campbell because she often makes me laugh out loud. I love her work and am envious of her talent as a potter. But, mainly because she makes my heart feel light.

Vince Pitelka because his book has become my bible. Reading his writing is like having a conversation with him--I want to know more about him.

Lucille Oka, who I only know from her postings here, but can imagine the fantastic conversations that would swirl around the dinner table were she a guest.

Adrian Arleo because of her dynamite work that has been the impetous to move my love of sculpture beyond what I thought were limits.

Me (of course, it IS my table)

Robin Hopper who is so talented and down-to-earth on his videos and in his books. With that wee bit of an accent he can make the first toast and carve the turkey.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:11 PM

John Glick---to ask him a million questions. I am completely okay if he talks with his mouth full!
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Aggie Zed - her intricate figure sculptures captivate me and I want to chat with her creative mind:
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Linda Arbuckle - after watching her NCECA video and since I am completely in awe with her work, I would be honored to spend time with her~~
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Cynthia Bringle - always one of my favorite people and potters. I think her quick wit and funny comments would make for a great conversation! Plus, I want to see Edwina, too! I will forever be in Cynthia's fan club!
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Herman Muys - just want to peek inside of his mind and ask him if I can watch him work sometime
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Hope everyone is good with a tofu turkey and a special Native American prayer~~

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:01 PM

Victor Spinski
Jim Tanner
Roy Strassberg
Jeannie Otis
Kurt Wieser
Randy Schmidt


These are my past Professors. Would be fun to have dinner with all of them at the same time.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:48 PM

Lucie Rie, Clarice Cliff, Susan Peterson, Mary Wondrausch, Harry and May Davis, Denise and Rosemary Wren. Why because I think the conversation would be wonderful.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 10:03 AM

Bernard Leach, Hamada Shoji, and Yanagi Soetsu.

Peter Voulkos, Bearice Wood, and Paul Soldner.

THAT should make for an interesting and enlightening day.


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Posted 24 November 2011 - 02:30 PM

Wow, so many of the names here I would love to have to Thanksgiving dinner. Several of these folks demonstrate a reverence for food in the way they present their pottery and I consider myself a foodie. Shoji Hamada-what an experience, I would love to sit at a mid morning tea with him. John Glick, went to a workshop years ago and loved every minute of his intense technique filled demonstrations-t break bread with him would be fabulous. Cynthia Bringle-I think back to the first time I saw her chalice/goblets and was blown away. All of the others even though I'm not as knowledgeable about their work I enjoy seeing it, and talking to them would be enlightening.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:00 PM

Pres after seeing his blog and some of his amazing work

anybody from this forum who would like to sit around talk pottery, give me constructive criticism and stick around until all the wine and rum is gone!

#14 Chris Campbell

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 11:17 AM

As long as somebody else does the dishes, I'm there.
My virtual Thanksgiving at home went well as did the ones in Winnipeg and Idaho ... No big fights over turkey legs or seconds on pie.

So now that I've finished my first turkey sandwich I realize it is time to get to work in the garage coloring some clay. A messy job so I should make another 'guest list' for the hardest working potters I know ... Promise them turkey soup and hand them some clay!

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 06:43 PM

... Promise them turkey soup and hand them some clay!


My grandmother used to make turkey soup when she was still alive and no one can seem to duplicate it in my family, it was my favorite! I would do about anything you needed for a good bowl of turkey soup! Posted Image

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 08:33 PM

It's all in the stock ... Boil up alll the bones, skin, tough pieces, stuffing bits with onion, leeks, carrot, celery and one cut up lemon.
You can't go wrong with the stock you get from that!
I add garlic, white beans, cut up turkey, carrots, onion and kale to make the soup .... fabulous!
Any other recipes out there???

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