Thursday, December 18, 2008
Hawt guys: potters who blog
You realize at some point that you aren't the only guy who is
a) a potter
b) a blogger
c) posts frequently
d) a nice guy
e) stone cold, GQ handsome
They are out there, but where, eh? Most of my readership here is female, and chicks dig potters, that is a fact. Thanks to pottery I met my supermodel wife.
Backtrack. In December of 1989 I was finishing grad school to become a special education teacher and messing around in my spare time at the university's open studios. University of Illinois has 2 of exactly the kind of open studios I now teach in at Cornell. The woman who would one day be my wife ran one of the studios plus the student gallery. She ran an exhibit in December of 1989 and that is when I first met her. I delivered my teaset and pitcher and couldn't even look her in the eye she was so pretty. I gradually took on more teaching responsibilities in her studio, and almost 3 years later, as I have said, in 1992 we started to date and we got married December 24, 1992.
But here's the point: people do meet over clay. As an old married guy, I see it happen amongst the young students in the Cornell studio. BUT, there are about 3 young single guys to 80 young single women.
That was how it was for me in college too, and that was why I majored in ceramics, no brainer eh? Hang out where the women are hanging out.
But that's not my point here. I just happened to notice the other day that these 3 new pottery pals of mine make wicked cool work and are nice guys and I am certain this post embarrasses them. BUT, check out these guys and their work through their blogs. I have NOT found many blogs with guys who are potters.
Matt is a young fellow in England who is friends with Doug---and these guys are real old fashioned potters (I use electric kiln and wheel and am pushing non-tradional forms) with wood firings, digging clay up out of the woods. Gorgeous stuff and fascinating guys. Their US buddy Ron lives in North Carolina and uses old techinques to make the cutest and funniest illustrated pots.
Finally, of course, is my pal Crafters of Khnum, but he has a semi-private blog and I will respect that.
Tis a shame we are not all in the same village, but at least there is this online forum.
Posted by Gary's third pottery blog at 4:41 AM