I went to the AASL Conference in New Orleans the first week of March. It was my first visit to what I consider my home town since Hurricane Katrina. The conference was great, and it was wonderful to catch up in person old friends Robert & Jon (who kindly housed me for 4 nights) but I must say that I don’t think New Orleans will ever be the same as it was pre-Katrina. Tourists who visit and never leave the Quarter/Downtown areas may think everything is back to “normal”, but really, it’s not. Driving in from the East on I-10, I could see whole sections of the city abandoned. Even in uptown New Orleans, in still obviously affluent areas, there are pockets of blight. Below is a photo of a building where I went to high school. This building no longer houses NOCCA, which was relocated (pre-Katrina) to a quite amazing facility in the Marigny. The older, city-owned building in Uptown New Orleans now stands empty, vandalized, and rotting, in the middle of a wealthy residential neighborhood. Sad, but all too common.
So, I was in New Orleans for a few days earlier this month, and took these photos on Magazine Street. Note that even though we’re now deep into Lent, and Mardi Gras was over in Mid-February…. evidence of merriment persists:
Yes, that’s my car, parked under the bead tree.
I’m posting these photos for a friend (you know who you are!) —from a recent trip to New Orleans…
One of the cool things about collecting (and making) handmade functional pottery is that when you use it, you kind of feel like you’re inviting the person who made it into your everyday life. This is a photo of some pasta I had the other night, on a plate made by Mark Peters. A few years ago I got to meet Mark when I attended his workshop at the John C. Campbell Folk School. I bought this plate maybe a decade ago (?) at a gallery in Asheville, and it’s one of my favorites. I have 2 similar plates and at least one of them finds its way to the dishwasher at least once a week.