Tuesday, January 5, 2010


The Christmas season is nearly passed (our tree wont come down till the end of the week, or when the tree recycler picks up, which ever comes first!) but LibertyTown is still full of elves working away. The Empty Bowl fund raiser for RCDV (Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence) is coming up at the end of the month. Potters are working like crazy to get lots of bowls finished. I have promised 100....I am up to 60 and plan on finishing up the throwing by the end of the week.

I am finally coming to the conclusion that I am not cut out to become a production potter. My body just doesn't like it. Falling from a tree when I was a kid, tendinitis from my other career as a Real Estate Title Examiner (them deed books are heavy!) and two abdominal type surgeries in the last 3 years have really made an impact. So I am pleased to finish 21 bowls in 4 or 5 hours. (With the typical LibertyTown type stretching/socializing breaks!)

To compensate for the inability to throw for long stretches I am determined to make some of my bowls more interesting, if time permits. I have about a dozen with fun colors or goofy phrases and will add another dozen at the end. I think we all work so hard to get out a large number for the event (they can only sell as many tickets as they have bowls) we don't take the time to have fun with it and experiment with shapes and glazing and other decorating. This is such a great opportunity to work outside my normal style or to dig deeper and take more chances.

I'll post pictures as the bowls are finished. Meanwhile if you are in Fredericksburg, think about buying a ticket. The event, held this year on January 31, is RCDV's biggest fundraiser. Come to LibertyTown for a ticket. They go fast!!


Gary's third pottery blog said...

I feel the same way. Vary things, have fun, etc etc. factories in China make em fast and cheap, why should I?

Incognito said...

I love the variety of bowls I've been seeing coming from all the participating potters at Libertytown; most all of them are decorated or thrown uniquely and will be a great piece of work to take home with them on January 31. We are a great team!

Elizabeth said...

I love looking for bowls that are created by my fav potters. With distictive glazes and pattern they are much easier to spot in the piles of bowls!!! Have fun with the bowls!!
They are the daily reminder in our home of those who need our help and of the wonderful people who donate their time and talents!!!!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I admire the work you all do for RCDV, Anna! It is incredible to see the number of bowls that will roll through our kilns before the last day of the month!