Two years ago I was planning a show with a friend who is a collector.
We had planned to pull together a show from the two prospectives of the makers and buyers or collectors.
Her life became very busy and we had a fire.
This put any thought of the show down in the depths of my brain.
Anytime it popped up I shoved it back down.
Sleep, I can't think about you now.
As last year came together and my brain was waking up, the show for October 2010 popped back up.
I called my friend and she decided she would like to opt out.
At this point I keep mulling things over and what I kept coming back to is that I wanted to put together a show about potters/clay workers who blog.
For me during the ups and downs and trials of the fire I found great strength through writing about what we were going through.
But what pulled it all together for me was the commets back from the readers.
The positive reinforcement that I needed was out there.
The first commet back was so startling I about fell off my chair.
It's like I was floating in outer space and a voice rang out.
I was not alone.
I was also touched at how sharing the potters were.
They were willing to share what they have learned and encourage other potters to step out and try new things.
I found that different potters blog for different reasons.
The blogs run from very personal to very business.
But none of them are without that personal element.
The blogs are like daily or weekly diaries into the life of a potter.
Some make me laugh and some make me think.
But what I found was a real connection between me and what was being written.
Anyway, I called the arts council and asked could I do a show about clay and blogs.
They loved the idea and I just needed to start the process.
Here is what I did.
I wanted to start with potters in Seagrove first.
I wrote an email telling them what I was planning and then I asked them for a name of a blogger/ potter they read.
It snow balled.
The suggestions bounced all over from state to state and up to Canada and out to Australia.
I emailed these potters and asked and they said yes.
So to date we are about 35 potters with a few more asks out there.
The show should be fun and interesting as it all pulls together.
I'll keep you posted as it goes along.
Here is the title:
Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story.
Opening reception will be held at the Campbell House in Moore county from 6-8 pm
October 1st, 2010
Exhibition comes down on November 1st, 2010.
It should be fun and exciting.