I'm back from my trip to Beaufort NC with my friend Barbara. We had an amazing time, talked about pottery and art and life in general, lots of great food, great conversation, some good weather, some rain, and lots of inspiration everywhere in this very historic town.
I took lots of photos of textures and colors and roof lines, peeling paint, not your usual vacation photos and I will spare you since they will mostly mean something to me as they are just reference for future glaze and surface ideas.
Barbara is a boat lover and a lover of the sea like me. She insisted we take a boat over to Shackelford Banks one day and we finally got a brief window when there was no rain, so we went.
So glad we did. This is a five mile island of sand and dunes and shells. I found some very old bottles that may have a future in clay, lots of beautiful shells and driftwood. So much treasure! We had a great time walking around on the island.
While I was in Beaufort, Gerry was in Florida shooting the last space shuttle launch. His photo made the front page of the Washington Post on Saturday, 6 columns across the page. doesn't get much better than that. Did anyone get that paper? If you did and don't want it, would you like to send it to Gerry? We couldn't find one around here anywhere.
Since Gerry and I were both gone, Wesley was left here with her band recording a new CD. It was the first time we have left her here overnight alone, and we left her with three 18 year old boys! How's that for trust?! I'm happy to say that the house was clean and still standing, except for recording equipment and instruments everywhere. Guitars in the chairs, chords strung all over the floor and up the stairs, equipment cases in every room. Chaos, but creative chaos. We heard some of their songs last night and I am blown away. We are tempted to just tell them to forget college for awhile and get out on the road! These kids are brilliant and they are only 18! I can't wait to see what they all do with their lives.
So, enough with all this fun. It was great to see Maine and Cape Cod, and great to go with my friend to Beaufort, but it's time to get to work! I have some important shows coming up in the fall and I have got to get busy. My summer fun is coming to an end a little too soon, but the clay is calling....