Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pots: out on the town

The other night I had a message from our son.
Hey, does Dad have work in 1705 Prime?
 I thought about that, we did have work in a restaurant that opened in downtown Raleigh but I thought it had closed.
Turns out it closed and reopened under a new name and format.
After dinner with his lovely wife he asked the bartender to get down and turn over the pot.
Mark Heywood, Whynot Pottery.
Yep, it was one of his Dad's pots along with two more.
He got a real kick seeing the work there and I got a real kick out of finding out they were still there.
One of them, a large egg shaped vase in our iron red with wood ash on top, was one of those pots we tried to keep.
 I took it to the house right out of the kiln.
 Then one day my sister Lee calls and says that she and Tony are working in a place in downtown Raleigh doing all the faux finishing, the bathrooms were gorgeous, and the decorator was tossing out some thoughts and she suggested they fill the places with pottery from Seagrove and to be sure to use some from Whynot Pottery.
( she was my sister, she was looking out for us.)
They came out and bought some really great work from a number of the potters, one of them being us.
We went when it first opened and had dinner there and enjoyed seeing the pots and my sister's handiwork.

Here is a quick shot Joel took with his phone.
You can see the iron red and another vase Mark made that sits back in the bar.
We just might have to find our  way there on one of our trips to Raleigh.



Joe Therobot said...

Wow! two impressive pots, I must say, I will have to try to get to the restaurant and see them in person, so to speak.
What restaurant are they in?
Thanks, and keep plugging!

Dennis Allen said...

Nice that they are getting out. My pots are locked in dark boxes in the barn until they learn to behave at a sale.

Tracey Broome said...

Isn't that the best? One of Wesley's friends came by one day and said he saw one of my houses at a house he visited, so fun that he saw it and even better recognized it as mine!
That vase is a beauty :)

Judy Shreve said...

You've had a week of re-connecting with long lost friends! How cool to find these beauties after all this time.

Cathy at PotterJotter said...

That's a great story and they are really great pots - hope you get to visit them soon! xCathy

Linda Starr said...

What a great surprise, your pots look great there.

cookingwithgas said...

Joe- there is a link at the top of the post to the restaurant-1705 Prime.
Dennis- :) !!!
TB- yes, it does feel good to see the work out there and know it stands up and someone knows it is ours.
Judy! Yes, it has been an interesting week.

cookingwithgas said...

Hi Cathy! Hi Linda! Thanks!

Mr. Young said...

I think that is what we all want, for someone to say "I was visiting someone the other day and recognized one of your pieces sitting there on display". Those are some great pots!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

you get around, guys!

smartcat said...

Nice recognition for some terrific work. That's the kind of surprise anyone can live with!

Lori Buff said...

I can imagine it must have been pretty cool for your son to see Mark's pots in the restaurant. I suppose after 30 years you probably have pots in places that you've long forgotten about.

Julia said...

How cool! :)

And what beautiful pots - they look great in the restaurant.