So many things happened last year, and the final couple of months flew by so quickly I didn't have a chance to post about some until now.
In October I had the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of traveling to Montana. (I know, I know, it's not that far away, but still, it never happened 'til now.) I traveled with some of the best traveling companions I could hope for. Friends who are fun--and patient and helpful when the car breaks down.
We drove to Helena for the Cultural Confluence Woodfire Symposium, a coming together of wood-firing enthusiasts from all over the world. It began with artist demonstrations at the Archie Bray Foundation(mecca for potters), then on to informative and inspiring lectures, all making me wish I had my own wood-kiln, of course. Highlights of the weekend included having some wonderful conversations with Linda Christianson and George McCauley--you'll even catch me in an episode of George's House of Clay!
Then the holiday season blew right on by, and suddenly January 1st arrived, where I took the reins of Good Earth Pottery firmly in both hands, as my business partner, Deb Martin, retired. Now here I am, making plans for the future, and celebrating the past! Good Earth Pottery turns 50 this year (that's right--50 years old). So I feel the need to honor the legacy, while at the same time helping it continue to evolve. I decided to start by hosting our first international (US & Canada) call for entries "Pitcher Perfect", juried by the one and only, Deb Schwartzkopf (Ceramic Monthly's 2019 Artist of the Year). I'm excited to share that I also have invited three renowned artists to include their pitchers in the show, Linda Christianson, Adam Field & Simon Levin.
So it's going to be an exciting year, while I work on achieving balance in all aspects of life: studio, gallery, teaching, family. Stay tuned for developments!
Ann Marie Cooper
Consumed by a love of clay.