Have you ever noticed how sometimes you have to go away in order to notice things in your own neighborhood? Recently we took a lovely cycling trip to Spain. We did the first leg of the journey to Philadelphia where we spent a few days exploring the city with family. One day we went out walking the streets and were amazed to find what felt like a ceramics studio in every block! We probably drove our hosts crazy by stopping in as many as we thought we could get away with but we were having fun checking out other people’s wares. We even stumbled across an arts and crafts fair that was rife with potters – at least four just in one block.
I never realized it before but, compared to Philly, there really aren’t very many pottery studios in the Bay area. Last year when we went to the local arts and crafts fair we only came across three potters out of hundreds of booths, yet in Philadelphia there were more than we had time to visit.
I chalked it up to the proliferation of backwoods potters in the eastern states and flew off to Spain.
As we strolled the streets of Granada and Barcelona, guess what? More ceramics studios! Again we were ducking in to as many as time allowed to see what artists were making on the other side of the globe. Fascinating!
Some of my favorites included these cool dragons (and an owl). They seemed right at home in the Barri Gotíc area of Barcelona amidst the 14th and 15th century Spanish Gothic buildings of Christopher Columbus’ time.
Years ago when Chuck was studying ceramics in college, he made an incredible green dragon. It has always been one of my favorites of his pieces as well. Here he is right at home by our 20th century studio.
Perhaps I’ve not only discovered that there are a lot more potters around the globe than there are here by the Bay but, also, it seems I have a penchant for dragons!