bandana pottery

Visit to Bandana Pottery

After leaving Kline's on Saturday I took winding NC Hwy 80 over to visit Bandana Pottery where Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish were having their Pottery Sale.  Shawn Ireland was  showing with them.

I've known Michael and Shawn for some years now and have always loved the way they approach clay and make pots.  They both make good use of local materials and fire with wood.  Their pots have an ancient look to them.

Shawn Ireland Candle Sticks

Shawn and Jo in front of some of Shawn's pots

Some of Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalgish's Pottery

Naomi with Jeff and Martha from Johnston City, TN

I should have taken more images but I was too busy catching up with everyone, looking at all the great pots and eating watermelon.  I ended up buying a small Ram dish from Shawn.  I could have left with a lot more but I'm on a bit of a pottery budget these days.  I didn't get a pic of Michael Hunt either.

Here is the Ram Dish along side my Sheep.  Ha.

For more images visit the Bandana Website HERE.

and Shawn Ireland HERE. and HERE.

Saturday Outting

I drove up to the Penland/Bakersville area Saturday to deliver pots to Crimson Laurel Gallery.  If you've never been to Crimson Laurel I highly recommend it.  They are easily one of the finest ceramic galleries on the east coast.

I left them with over 40 pots so they are well stocked with my new work.  I got a message from one of the owners at the end of the day saying that they sold 6 of the new pots after they were put out.  Awesome!!

After dropping off pots, I headed over the Sawdust and Dirt headquarters to have a visit with Michael Kline.  It's always good hanging with Michael.  We talked about blogging and the internet (of course) as well as marketing, how to get folks out to our pottery shops, the beauty of iron rich glazes, and cup shapes.  (Just to name a few things).  We also invented a new device that will come in handy for millions, just as soon as we work out the kinks and get the patent.

Michael's daughters, Lillian and Evelyn, joined us in the studio too.  Michael received this tee shirt from Simon Levin in the mail.  Evelyn modeled it for us.

We had a great lunch that Stacey and the girls made for us out on the picnic table.  Of course we were surrounded by fine pots.

After lunch Michael introduced me to the new chickens and we talked more about guessed it, pots and the internet and selling and just all that great stuff.

It was great to have some time with MK and his family.  I left with plenty to think about as I made my way on the winding mountain roads over to Bandana Pottery.

(Check back later for my post on the Bandana Pottery Sale and my visit there)