It was my great pleasure to attend the opening of a show of clay work by my old friend Don Ross at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Center. Don and his wife Maureen probably passed more than 16 tons of clay through their hands in a given year. In their hay day they employed 9 people and supplied pots to an international restaurant chain with locations world wide. There is still life after so many years of production. Don saw age 70 in his rear view mirror some time ago. (I'm not telling). He is still fit as a fiddle.
I often referred to Don as Canada's Harry Davis. He could make anything and make anything work. More than once he rescued me from some kind of kiln malfunction. So he has decided to make art instead of filling the room with good solid functional work. He has earned the time to step away. Congrats Don on putting such a nice finish on a remarkable career in the mud pits. It's a pleasure to know you.