DF is here from Virginia. Dan Finnegan showed up yesterday for the unloading of the wood kiln and a crit of the work. It was great to have him here. It always super to have different voices and perspectives on the work. Critiques are such an important part of growth. At first I think people fear them but as you get more comfortable with listening and learning they grow so much faster. We as potters often work in isolation and the only voice we hear is our own.
My former student
and friend Andrew Kellner has been with me for 4 of the 6 wood firings
here at Pinecroft. He is headed off to grad school at West Virginia U
and to say I will miss him is an understatement. I really don't know how
to teach a work ethic such as he has. He is nothing short of amazing. I
presented him a Fiskar axe and a Canada, Eh ball cap. A Fiskar is the
Cadillac of axes and I am quite certain will serve him well in his long
career as a woodie. Cya in 3 years Andrew. I'll be a senior citizen then
and I'm really going to need your help. There is always a spot for you
around the firebox.