got to the show sunday afternoon. lots of people, lots of sunshine, lots of very very very bad mud. the tents were set up on a large flat park with grass surrounded by paving. the people who were lucky enough to get spots on the paving had no problem today. everyone else had water and mushy mud with no relief in sight. some potters who use rugs inside their tents were going to toss them after the show. i have never seen such a mess that was not addressed by the folks in charge of the venue. even the small fairs i attend have straw to cover the mud if it happens.
everyone i talked to said yesterday was a disaster, it rained all day and most of the night. but with so much mess today, customers were looking down rows and deciding not to go that way. dropped my wallet at a potters desk when i bought a pot and someone picked it up for me. soppy wet and no longer red.
apparently the parking venue next door which has always charged $10 for the day decided to make it up in one day. at the bottom of the ramp there were cards with a price of $20 on them. many of us turned around and found parking nearby. first day of warmth and sunshine, lots of sunburn tomorrow.
as always it was a glorious time seeing so many excellent pots, sculpture, wall pieces, fabulous glazes, incredibly large things and tiny, delicate pots and folks i know from many parts of the country.