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?
How Have You Included Pottery In Your Holiday Or Vacation?|December 3, 2013PottersCouncil QOW
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.
Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:59 PM
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.
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......................
Posted 05 December 2013 - 08:06 AM
For Thanksgiving, we ate on my dinner set, and handmade pots from friends.
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
Posted 09 December 2013 - 01:19 PM
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
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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