Today was a treat. Ron Philbeck was doing a demo for the Carolina ClayMatters Guild and I got to watch him throw pots. I realized that I really had never seen him throw pieces. We had done some collaborative moldmaking but that was dealing in plaster and making a cast of a bottle. You can see his work at his blogsite that is listed on the right under "Blogs I Like". Then I got to thinking about who else I had been able to see throw. So this is my list of friends that I have watched making their pots:
Jen Mecca, at Gaston College last fall
Adrienne Dellinger way long ago at a ClayMatters meeting
Bobbie Black (we go way back in clay at Gaston College)
Connie and Kaye (other friends from long ago at Gaston)
Pam Brock doing handbuilding before she moved to 'Bama
and that's it, I think. I know a lot more potters but I haven't seen them work. You get to see the finished products but not the techniques they used to get to that stage. I have been to a lot of workshops and seen regional and national potters but that is different than the people you hang around with.
But on that note, I am looking forward to the NC Potters Conference in March. There are three great potters I am excited about seeing. It is always an excellent weekend with lots of new info and a ton of pots and the Gaston gang to have lots of laughs with!