Today started out with the participants’ cup trade, and I was really happy to receive a cup by Jennifer Mecca, whose blog I have read regularly over the past few months. It’s quite lovely with an amber to green glaze that has a lot of variation, and is also decorated with several leaf-shaped sprigs:
Next up was the first round of presenter demonstrations. I spent most of the morning with Kari Radasch, who demo’d her process for sort of a hybrid handbuilding/throwing with slabs & coils on the banding wheel.
I also dropped in on presentations by Linda Christianson and Ayumi Horie. After a wonderful lunch, I spent all afternoon at the session led by Daphne Hatcher. Here is a quick image of her platters in the presenter’s exhibition:
One of the demonstrations she did was how she forms these platters by placing a slab in a “sling” made from cardboard barrel sections and cloth. When leatherhard, she attaches a partially thrown ring of clay and then finishes the foot on the wheel.
I have 4 square plates made by Daphne Hatcher that I bought out of a gallery exhibition at Agnes Scott College back in the early 80s when I was an art student there. I still have those plates, and use them often! I was great to hear her talk about her life as a potter and to see her making work.
I’m sitting at the Knoxville Airport, waiting for the 2pm shuttle to Gatlinburg and Arrowmont. Since I missed the 11am one by a mere 15 minutes….that’s almost 3 hours of time to be logged here. Sigh. People-watching is interesting for only so long. This happened to me the last time too. Guess the timing from Gainesville just happens that way.
Why am I in Knoxville? I’m attending the Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrating the Object National Symposium. I attended the last one, 4 years ago, and it was fabulous. Really looking forward to it…if I can ever get out of the airport!