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This forum is for participants of the 2015 Potters Council in Ireland trip. This will be a good place to share travel tips and introduce yourselves. 

I'll start. My name is Forrest Gard and I'll be representing the Potters Council and leading the trip in Ireland. I am currently the assistant editor for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated and I am also a studio artist. I am originally from Athens, Ohio but have lived in Gainesville, Florida (to attend UF in 2010–11) and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (to attend LSU for my MFA 2014) and I am currently living in Columbus, Ohio. 

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Hi Forrest

 

I am on the trip and REALLY looking forward to it. The chance to work in studio with those potters was too tempting to resist. My hubby will be there too as a non potter.

We are planning on arriving a day early to get ahead of the jet lag.

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Hi Chris!

Awesome I am glad you will be on the trip. Looking forward to meeting in person. I really enjoyed your recent article on Antoinette Badenhorst! I'll be there as a non potter to help even out the groups a little more. Have you been to Ireland before?

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Hi all.......Sharyn and Denny Holmes are excited to meet all and tour the gorgeous island!  We will arrive in Dublin on May 27 and will be staying at the Conrad Hotel , Dublin for 4 nights until we transfer over to the group's hotel........if anyone is in town early and wants to grab a drink look us up.

 

We are former military, both were Air Force Brats and then Denny was Naval aviator...........between us we have lived in Japan, Phillipines, Germany, England, and Sicily.and currently have lived in the metro Atlanta area for 30 years.

 

While in Dublin..we have purchased tickets thru the National Concert Hall to spend the day of May 29 at the annual Bloom garden and food show............We know this will be both memorable and educational.......

 

Looking forward to meeting all........Denny is the potter and I am going as non-potter.......so happy to have the Ballymaloe cooking experience!  See everyone at the welcome dinner!!!

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Janet Stewart and George Pitlik look forward to meeting the tour group in Dublin. We have a pre-trip in London first. Two years ago we went to Bali with the Potters Council and had a marvelous time. George is the non-potter, so that trip was perfect for us both. We are from far West Texas, but we will not be the only Texans on the trip!

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Hi all,

This is my first time ever across the pond and I've always wanted to go to Ireland and now I can do pottery too. Coming from GA and arriving on 31 in morning. My goal for that day is to get to the archeology museum because it's closed on Monday.

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We are June & Don MacDonald from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.  We are coming as non-potters because we were too late to register for a potters space, although I (June) am a potter.  Looking forward to this trip, and meeting everyone.  We arrive May 30th, and after this tour will go on to take a short tour of Northern Ireland before going home.

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Hello to  all,

 

We are Kathleen and Paul DeBlassie. I (Kathleen) have been working with clay for over twenty years. I have a BFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico, 1999 and an MA in Art History also from the University of New Mexico, 2010. My husband Paul is a psychologist and writer and will be attending as a non-potter. We are looking forward to this adventure! We are also musicians so we are eager to listen to the diverse music of Ireland. We will be arriving early and meeting up with our youngest daughter and her husband who live in Florence, Italy. I participated in the Ceramics in Tuscany III in 2013 which was fabulous! Ciao tutti! 

 

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I am surprised that more people who are going on this trip have not yet made a comment on the forum.  We are very excited about the trip, not so much about the long flight though . We have been to Britain and to Scotland, but never to Ireland, and about 200 years ago my father's family emigrated to Canada, so it is time we saw the country. I wish I could figure out how to attach my photo, which is probably really simple but I can't get it to work. 

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I'm El (short for Elisa) and I am arriving on the 31st with my Mom, Hilli (or Hilja which she hates). She is a tai chi teacher and a published writer, and she is originally from Finland. I am "the potter," and she the "non-potter." I am a hand builder, but I have tried my hand at throwing and am not very good at it - yet. A retired art teacher, I came to clay fairly recently as compared to other art media that I still work with as well. Recently I've been painting more than doing clay, mainly because of some opportunities I have to display 2D art. But I love clay and am so excited to meet other clay people and their companions, visit and work in clay studios and see Ireland with my Mom, too. How great! I will want to write about this in my blog for sure.

 

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Hi all,

Anne and Denny Wolfe from Cardiff, California. We are also very excited to be joining the tour in Ireland. Ireland has been on our list for a long time and couldn't resist this trip. I am the potter and my husband Denny is the non potter. We will arrive on the 28th and stay Thursday and Friday in Dun laoghaire(dun leery) and will be in Dublin on Saturday night at the Ashling. We are looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing this time on the Emerald Isle. All the best, Anne

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Definitely a raincoat. And I think warmer clothes for Ireland than I'd wear in NJ this time of year.

 

Who are the Newbies who didn't give their names on the forum? Maybe you shall remain mysterious until dinner on the 31st?

 

El

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Hi All! Been a whirlwind to get ready for the trip, so I'm late checking in to introduce myself. My husband and I will depart  tomorrow morning, enroute from California's drought-suffering central coast to the greener grass of Ireland. (Still some pots to trim before I pack for the trip!)

I'm the potter and have a studio gallery in Cambria, CA. My husband is retired. 

Looking forward to meeting you all!

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