What would a trip to the NC mountains be without a trip to the Penland area?
Penland is full of studios of all kinds.
Glass, Metal, Jewelry, Fiber and Pottery.
I love taking a trip up there and seeing what is new.
This trip with all the rain we just picked a few things to do.
We went up to the Penland Coffee house for some coffee, tea and lunch.
The food was so-so- nothing to write home about, but the coffee was good.
We walked around the dining hall and I have missed this tile entry way.
So Catherine and I had our picture taken by Mark.
From there we wandered over to the Penland Gallery to see what was going on in there.
I saw one of Michael Sherrill's works as we walked through the door.
This one is for you Linda:
I wanted to go and see Michael Kline if we could catch him at home. I rang him up and got a message and thought I should have let him know sooner we would be in the area.
I handed the cell back to Mark and there was a message on it. Michael was around and would be there until 3 or so. We jumped in the car and headed over.
Michael is not far from Penland and with Catherine as our guide we didn't even have to back up and turn around.
We found his shop and stopped in in time for the first fire in the wood stove. Michael is always a treat to talk to and he showed us around his workshop and gallery.
I loved the sign over the door.
I don't remember all that was being talked about, but it included some conversation about Bats.
Look at that handsome pot behind Micheal, don't you want to just go pick it up!?
We walked out to his covered area to see the clay mixing operation. It looks like he has a work horse of a pug mill there.
It is an older model he picked up, but it certainly looks like it does the job.
I always enjoy chatting some shop with another potter and seeing how they work.
It was great to have Michael take some time out of his day for us.
I came away with one of his pieces which I have not taken a picture of yet! I will hold it ransom until Michael comes to Seagrove and picks out something from our shop.
Thanks Michael it was good to see you as usual.
Instead of running around in the rain we headed back to Catherine's house for cards and games.
The rest of the trip was spent catching up with Catherine and seeing what see is doing in her studio.
Catherine has been working on some tile samples.
New work for her.
And speaking of work! Time for me to get there.