We had a great time in Minnesota this last week. We spent some time up at the north shore doing some hiking and sightseeing the nature. In Texas we lack the kind of nature that I love, tall trees, rocky hills, rivers, waterfalls, etc. This is a photo of Sadie and me at Gooseberry Falls, north of Duluth.
The St. Croix pottery tour was insane. I've never seen so many pots and so many people buying pots. I was able to meet a few people in real life, plus briefly catch up with some other folks like Dan Finnegan, Michael Hunt/Naomi Dalglish, and Linda Christianson. There were a few potters whose work I was excited to see in person, and knowing that I would be heading up there I saved a few bucks for some pots. Since we flew up and I had a tiny budget I was limited to small pots like cups and bowls.
I picked up some cups by Sam Taylor, Mark Shapiro, and Dan Finnegan. Sadie picked up a Randy Johnston and a Linda Christianson.
I also got these nice pasta bowls from Kent Mclaughlin and Bob Briscoe, and a dinner plate by Sarah Jaeger. I'm not usually one for bright colors but I've always loved these blue pots she does.
These cups are by Michael Hunt from Bandana Pottery, the one on the left is mine, the other two I picked up for some other folks.
I saw this large slab dish (about 15") in the middle of the Bandana pottery display and I loved it and couldn't stop talking about it, but it was too expensive and a little too large to carry home. Sadie decided to buy it for me as an early birthday present, that was really nice of her. I picked a winner.
Tomorrow it's back to the kiln build.