On our way back from Baltimore we stopped in North Carolina for the night to stay with the Philbecks. I have been blogging for about 4 or 5 years now and one of the reasons I started blogging was after reading Ron's blog. It was nice to finally meet and get to spend some time together. We got on like old friends and Saybra and I had such a wonderful time we stayed a second night.
Knowing that we would be passing through NC it seemed foolish not to try and stop at a pottery or two. We only had a few hours of free time so I made a mental list of the places I would like to stop, number one on my list was Bandana Pottery. I've long admired Michael and Naomi's work and have longed to pop in for a visit. I called them in the morning to see if it was alright to stop by, when we arrived they surprised us with a couple of open chairs at their table and lunch. We had some good lunch, tea and conversation. Michael then gave us a tour of the kilns and pottery. It was wonderful to finally see many of their pots in person, and of course to bring some home.
Just down the road from Bandana is the one and only super-blogger Michael Kline. We popped in to say hello and see what was happening at the Sawdust & Dirt headquarters. It was nice to finally meet him(and 2/3 of his family) after reading his blog for so long. We visited for a bit and got a tour of the facilities and again took home some pots.
Kline is one tall mofo.
Just down the road again and after passing half a dozen other potteries we arrived at Shawn Ireland's place. He was out of town so we took the self-guided tour and...you guessed...left with some pots.
After visiting Shawn's place we went back to Shelby for dinner with Ron and Sarah. Upon leaving for dinner we noticed something a little strange. Brothers from different mothers. Great minds...