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Today we got a notice that someone left us a review on our TripAdvisor page. Yea!
I popped over to read it and leave a thank you comment and read the headline:
“Lynn's Pottery - beautiful designs and affordable prices”
Mmmmm? Wait, what?
I read this review, which by the way I agreed with completely, except the line about how her work was affordable, unlike the rest of us potters in EB. Everyone's work is affordable...it depends on what each person is willing and capable of paying. But affordability is not the only criteria when it comes to buying fine art and fine craft.
Lynn's Pottery, if you haven't been, is on Garrett Bay Rd., right before the Island Orchard Cider on the same side of the road. She's a wonderful person and potter. She and her husband David are a welcome addition to our Arts community here. Each and every potter here in Ellison Bay has worked long years to achieve a level of expertise in clay. In fact, it's that experience that collectors of John's work and Gills Rock Stoneware and Clay Bay Pottery and Lynn's Pottery (https://doorcountypulse.com/lynns-pottery-a-functional-foc…/ ) are paying for. Our materials are inexpensive. Our time is valuable. And John's 49 years dedicated to clay is worth something. His passion and commitment is his reputation and his life.
Picasso's answer to a customer's question: "How long did it take you to paint this?'
John's work is valuable also because of what you see in it. What it means to you. How it makes you feel. What it reminds you of. Pottery is personal. It is one human being touching another. It's a job and it's our life's work, but it is also passion. John is driven to make something beautiful for you to use every day. This beauty will add more to your life that can be translated into a dollar amount.
What matters is not what's the cheapest mug you can buy......if that's the case then spend the least you can for an ok mug. Or go to Target or a second hand shop for a 2$ mug.
But if you are looking for something that adds to your life, that elevates a simple moment like coffee at your desk or tea before bed, then find one that matters to you. Find one that you feel good holding and then buy that one and take it home.
Fine Craft is just that---a humble piece of pottery that has been expertly crafted and artistically decorated. Craft and art must go together. Good art comes from an artist who knows their craft inside and out.
Whether something is affordable is up to each individual person. Keep in mind that each bowl, plate, vase, mug or cup or goblet that John makes comes from his artist's soul. The abstract designs he creates have a story. If you respond to that then it's worth a few dollars more.
I feel the pull of autumn, but I'm resisting it. The days of summer are so delicious, so precious, so short, I'm feeling greedy. I want more. I want to store those hot sticky days and cool evenings up for those frigid, gloomy January mornings. When the memory of a lunch on the porch holds me until I can see the grass again.
To me, fall is the beginning of the year. It's been like this all my life. School always presented a fresh start for me, though it didn't take long for me to discover that there were no changes at school but with me.
In any case, I am slightly jealous of those students, walking back into the classroom, their whole lives ahead of them. So, so many possibilities.
It would be easy to slip into thinking that as I get older there are fewer possibilities for me. I confess I do find myself wondering about this. I ask myself if it's true that my life is shrinking instead of expanding. Then I get distracted, as so often I am, and that so called problem floats away. There are advantages to my ADHD or whatever anyone calls it. Saves me from wasting time of non-issues.
Where was I? Yes. it's still summer. Today it's muggy and hot and there are bugs to swat and the grass to mow and a garden that needs harvesting. The gallery to open, the pots to sell. Life is continually expanding. It has to. There's so much to embrace, I want it all. Ideas for the studio crowd out the duties of a business. There's always one more thing to do. Luckily, John and I have a studio next to the gallery so we can (and do) move back and forth between making and selling. Living and working together with each other. Best situation ever.
In the meantime, I'm loving this summery September day.
We're open, right now. 10-5 daily until the end of this already amazing year.
As usual, we planned on opening May 1. That's how my spring work calendar is set up. It must be the light, or the birds, or the resilient human spirit that won't accept one more snow storm anymore. It's SPRING damn it! I can hear everyone say.
And customers show up at our locked door and dark gallery: Please open for us, please?
So now, we are looking forward to seeing all you hardy adventurous art and nature lovers who, just like us, don't let a little snow dampen the feeling of spring in our hearts.
And here's the Event Calendar for May
May 7 and 8---
'What Do Flowers Want? Vases! Door County Potter's Guild Annual Pottery Tour is all about VASES. Tour is Free. Maps available at each member's gallery or online HERE. We've been having more fun than is legal stretching our pottery wings. Please come to our free demo on Sunday and watch John do some clay magic. We'll have new vases, ikebanas and small planters just pining away for some flowers. Help them out, won't you?
May 21 and 22---
Ellison Bay Arts Spring Event--each artist is planning and preparing for this "First Look' extra special Spring Event...All the new pieces are inspired by Door County and the world around us. There are new glazes and new ideas taking shape right now that can't even be described yet. That's how pumped up we are about our studio work this winter. There will be a free demo on Sunday.
May 28 and 29---
Another fabulous, varied and exciting "Almost Perfect Pottery' sale is coming up. After each firing we find we have some pieces that aren't quite up to our gallery requirements, which are dauntingly stringent: If it's not good enough for our parents, it's not good enough for the gallery. But they are good enough for a seconds sale.
May 28 5:30-7:30
Save The Dates
August 21 12:00pm to 5:00pm Is our annual Anniversary Party! This year it's our 42 year here at Ellison Bay Pottery and, as you know, every day is precious. We'll have yummy food, refreshments, music and YOU! It won't be a party without you. Bring your friends too. Let's celebrate John's many years creating the pottery that I love almost as much as I love him.
June 24, 25, 26
Olde Ellison Bay Days- It's Ellison Bay's 150th Anniversary year AND Olde Ellison Bay Days 50th Anniversary year. We're having a party for ourselves, and you're invited. Read the Peninsula Pulse's article about last years 'do' HERE.
Join John Hansen and John Dietrich for a week long workshop making pottery at The Clearing in Ellison Bay. Both Johns were mentored by Abe Cohn, Master Potter of Wisconsin and founder of The Potter's Wheel in Fish Creek, the first pottery in Door County. Both of these potters are wonderful supportive teachers. Inexperienced people welcome!
As usual, if you have a pottery emergency, call us and we'll spring into action.