As spring is wont to do, it changes. When I first started writing this post, just after our first workshop, it was still warm and sunny. Today, it's at least sunny again, but the chill is still with us as a final reminder that spring is COMING. I love the changes of the seasons!
So I had a delightful call about a week ago from some visitors to the area who wanted to have a little play in the clay, so with the support of Matt Clark at Bittersweet Studio (where I have been fortunate to work during the unfrozen months since I closed the teaching studio), I was able to put together a one-day workshop for Jayne & Jerry. They've been in Asheville since the first of March, escaping the end of winter blues of their native Minnesota. Lucky them, by the time they get back, they'll get a second spring!
|getting things opened and aired after a short winter's nap|
Bittersweet Studio is located on the grounds of Bittersweet Cottage - a true find of a guest house (cozy cottage or comfy suite, both with killer views!) on Elk Mtn Scenic Highway. Matt is also a member of Crazy Green Studios, and his growing skills with clay can be seen throughout the property. He runs the biz with his partner Stephen, who, by the way, is a genius for helping us figure out how to re-adjust the foot pedal on the wheel (and thanks too to JJ for phone support!) so the workshop could actually take place!
|Matt Clark, Bittersweet's resident potter & InnKeeper|
|Jayne, making her first go at a cup|
|Jayne with one of her last pieces of the day - very nice!|
Dedicated students that they were, Jayne and Jerry took only a short break to walk up the hill a bit and enjoy some of the scenic views while I fetched us some coffees. Over the afternoon, Jayne worked on several cups and bowls, getting better with each one, while Jerry and I drifted in and out of a conversation about fractional reserve banking (actually, he was doing most of the talking, and I learned a lot!).
|Jerry, soaking up the rays and playing with clay|
|decorating with underglazes|
|on the right, a spoon rest Jerry made that I loved so much, |
I asked him to make me one (on the left)
Later in the afternoon, some pieces were decorated with underglazes, while others will get a single glaze in a later firing before I ship them home to Minnesota.
We ended the day on the deck of the Suite, gazing out at the mountain views, nibbling on snacks and enjoying a lovely glass of wine with Matt before Jerry and Jayne found their way back down the mountain.
|well deserved rest and refreshment after a good day's work!|
In addition to the ongoing work that Matt does there, I may be up to use my kick wheel over the season, and we'll be brewing up creative get-away opportunities for guests of the Cottage or Suite. Anyone looking for gorgeous and comfortable accommodations just minutes from downtown yet with the seclusion of being on the side of a mountain AND use of a private studio with instruction - this is your place!