we are in minnesota right now and it is interesting because i have not been here since 2001. for those who don't know i was born and raised just outside minneapolis, i left in 1999 for college and my folks moved a year later. i am feeling really homesick, not for texas but because i don't want to leave what i still consider to be my home. my wife loves it here and has decided that this might be a place where she could end up, i think i've known i wanted to be here since i left(though i may have to get her up here for a minnesota winter and see if she changes her mind.) the pottery community is so wonderful here and i miss it so much. i really like the rhythm of life here much better, its a completely different world from the south. i really could go on and on, my mind is churning. so the question is, should one go to a region where their work is better understood and there is a stronger sense of community or stay where they are and continue to fight the steeper uphill battle and continue to try to get people to understand this crazy thing that we all love.
this sounds a bit depressing, eh? its not, this has been the most wonderful trip i've had since maybe, ever. i think its good to ask these questions and feel these things. i have lots to share when we get back so stay tuned. if you fancy a trip and want to see some good old pots, jeff oestreich has possibly the greatest old pottery(japanese, korean, thai, 14-19 century, etc)collection that i have ever seen, and more bill marshall pots than one might ever hope to see.
well, i'm off.