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Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Fun

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....

9 comments:

Laura Farrow said...

whew. there was a hole in the blogosphere ozone while you were away... looks like a great time on the coast. have fun unloading all that inspiration on clay!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey girl, I missed everyone! Glad to be back.

Patricia Griffin said...

Congrats to Gerry! That's a very big deal! It warms my heart to read about Wesley, her music, and your trust in her. College will broaden her experience and add to her world view. What an exciting future ahead!

Tracey Broome said...

thanks Patricia, yep, I have a pretty cool group living here with me :)

cookingwithgas said...

Yoo hooo!!! oh, yooooooo-- hooooooo I can hear that clay calling you-hoo!

Tracey Broome said...

Yooo hooo to you, you crazy girl!

ang walford said...

well they have some pretty cool gear but talent goes a long way...good on you trace now get back to it!! time just seems to slip through ya fingers faster than slip :))

SUSAN WELLS said...

Boy Gerry seems to DaMan in the photo world! Cool pic of him with the shuttle. I heard the reverberations all over the counties of "PARTY AT WESLEY'S!!" while you were gone. No, not really, I would have left her to:) Welcome back to the sweltering green Piedmont!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Ang, they do have very cool gear, very expensive gear! Susan, wouldn't you have been having a party when your parents left town?! and yep, Gerry is DA-Man! Fingers crossed for a summer Olympics assignment!