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#1 lorielle

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:01 PM

How have you included pottery in your holiday or vacation?  Did you use your time strictly for clay-related activities, or did you just manage to squeeze in some time for clay?  What did you do?  Where were you?


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#2 Bill T.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:14 PM

Two years ago the wife and I flew from DFW to Charlotte, rented a car and drove to Seagrove NC.  Visited about 10 potters then on to Blowing Rock to drive the parkway back down to Charlotte.  We usually come home from a vacation with a suitcase full of mugs.  Got them from France, Holland, Germany, Wales,  England and several states.  



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:59 PM

Everywhere in the world I have traveled I've made a point to visit museums with pottery sections. While everybody else was oohing and awing the gold stuff at the Cairo museum I was drooling over the old cracked pots... On a good note I had the room to myself and spent as much time as I wanted without someone pushing me along. When I went to the England and did the mandatory viewing of the Crown Jewels all I thought was yawn I wonder how long it takes to get to the London museum to see some really good stuff. I did stuff like that everywhere France, Germany, Greece, Jordan etc I'd think oh yay gold and sparkles BORRRINNGG GIVE ME A POT SHARD TO SEE YIPEEE.

I also went to a working pottery in Peru and watched them make pots and got to purchase a tiny one to bring home with me. Now THAT was super cool and way cooler than Inca Gold.

I just don't get people's fascination with gold when you can see pots instead I guess there are some really weird people out there.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:48 AM

in 2003 virgin atlantic offered a buy it right now price one way ticket to london for $100.  had to go between january and the first of april.  i called a friend in LA and she and i met at Heathrow.  we rented a car and took off for John Leach's studio.  we hit many places that were not potteries, Wells Cathedral and York Minster, but they were few. got to see the david leach retrospective and meet him in his studio as well.  got to St Ives and Penzance, stayed in hostels all over cornwall.  bought pots, shopped at Oxfam, watched potters, ate in many pubs.  had a great time and only spent $1000 for the 10 days we were gone.  incredible trip.  i repeated it the next year when the same offer came up.  took a different person, stayed at seth cardew's  B&B, a place that makes chimney pots, and more hostels. got to the Ashmolean but missed staying at an ancient castle because it did not open until april 1 and that was when i turned into a pumpkin and had to go home.  sigh......................


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 08:06 AM

I finally got to the Ashmolean after 30 years of waiting. Fantastic museum. Back in 1983 I was fortunate to have tea with Janet Leach at St. Ives and she showed me her collection of Bernard Leach pots that he had made for her. Our ferry from Santander was delayed for 24 hours at the port of at Plymouth due to bad weather. Cornwall is like no where else. Almost like the Shire.Spent a lot of time at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and visited the guild Gallery across the street. Great pots.

For Thanksgiving, we ate on my dinner set, and handmade pots from friends.


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:05 AM

Visiting studios, galleries, and museums on vacation was part of the deal when we got married.  Our last trip in Oct. to San Antonio we shopped and visited with potters at a studio, went to a glass blowing factory and watched demos.  Had a museum trip planned but it turned out they had the same show of Blackware by Maria that we had seen the month before in Tulsa.   Denice



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 01:19 PM

In future, now that we're both retiring, my husband and I want to visit places where we can rent a cottage or house and get into the rhythm of the place we're staying. I want to understand places and the people in them. We'd also like to spend time in Appalachia, where there are many craft schools. My husband is interested in woodworking so we'd spend a few weeks, each learning more about something we're interested in. Mostly we'll be at home, gardening, potting, woodworking and taking as much time as we want to hone our skills.
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Posted 10 December 2013 - 06:17 PM

Oh yessity, yes. My best vacations have been pottery tours, frequently with a fellow potter or two or three or four.

 

All around England, Wales and Scotland, several times. Museums and shows in London, Cornwall, St. Ives,

Aberystwyth International Ceramics Festival, France for La Borne, and some back roads, La Meridiana in Italy, Holland, Belgium, Denmark and last, but not least, North Carolina. And it's a struggle not to bring too much back. Ruth



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 07:55 AM

Five years ago, I started taking clay to campgrounds and RV parks where we generally spent weekends or an ocassional week.  Nothing seems to start a conversation faster than an old guy sitting by a campfire making clay ocarinas (flutes). I probably spend way too much time on these projects for what they sell for, but I don't have a problem investing the time when it brings joy to me and new friends to the campfire.

 

Transporting greenware is frought with challenges, so most of the pieces are small and end up riding home packed around pillows or cushions (much to the wife's dismay).  I do have a small wheel that makes those trips, and that too can draw a crowd...but handbuilding ceramic musical instruments just seems to 'fit' with camping.

 

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 04:14 PM

I recently returned from a trip to Panama and Columbia which I wanted to include pottery. But I lost my nerve. I did some research and to seek out local artisans it would have required traveling off the beaten path. In the future I will plan far enough in advance to build it in. It will help writing off some of my travel and be a great experience.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 04:14 PM

I recently returned from a trip to Panama and Columbia which I wanted to include pottery. But I lost my nerve. I did some research and to seek out local artisans it would have required traveling off the beaten path. In the future I will plan far enough in advance to build it in. It will help writing off some of my travel and be a great experience.

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 07:29 AM

If you're looking to include ceramics in any of your upcoming trips and you are an active member of Potters Council.  I recommend that you use the Online Member Directory resource to find members who live and work where you will be visiting.  You can contact them for recommendations on things to do and see in clay and maybe meet up for some networking.

 

Here is the link to the online Member Directory: http://ceramicartsda...ound-the-world/


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 04:54 PM

We went to the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica this winter and worked with some local artisans. The priest who ran their pottery passed away last year, so the pottery has closed and they don't have a kiln, but it was fun to work with the people there and make some work out of clay from the rain forest. I hope to return one day!  It would be an ideal place to create an artist residency program, but it would take a lot of work. Thanks for this thread, great topic!!



#14 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 04:20 AM

amymeya: I wanted to have a look at the external link about the "some local artisans" in your text. But, clicking on it, it always directs me to the top of this page. Could you please try to link it again? Thank you. Would be interested in the project.

 

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 07:36 PM

Hi Evelyne, yes, here is the link again (below), thanks for the interest! If that doesn't work, it is a post on my FB page from January 1, 2014

 

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It was truly a grass roots effort on my part to contact them, but it was so worth it!!

 

 

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