Monday, September 28, 2009

Ron Philbeck's Sale

Sunday morning we woke up and said "It's a beautiful day. We should drive up to Ron Philbeck's sale."

It's a nice little drive from Athens to Shelby, and when we got there in the afternoon Ron and Sarah welcomed us like old friends - come on in, would you like some coffee or tea or water, let us show you around! I told Carrie, that's what people mean when they talk about "Southern hospitality."

Ron's got a nice set-up for his studio and gallery, and he makes you feel right at home. Eva picked their flowers and kicked her soccer ball around their big front yard, Lucy crawled around and tried to eat grass, and we bought an awesome serving bowl and a mug fresh out of the kiln.

Carrie likes Ron's owls, and I like his goats, so the serving bowl has an owl against a nice amber background.

The mug has an upside-down goat on one side and an owl and upside-down possum on the other side. Ron confessed that he can't always draw the goat correctly. (I didn't admit that I usually forget Hector's goatee.) Sarah agreed with me that the upside-down animals are cool.

It's nice to meet a blog friend in real life, and even better to learn they're just as nice as they seem online. Carrie and I have been talking a lot lately about what makes not only a good potter, but what makes a potter a good person and a good member of the art/craft community, and it seems to us that if you can't afford to be encouraging, supportive, generous and enthusiastic about others' work, experiments, and education (because everyone is always learning), then you're not fit to be a potter. And Ron and Sarah are all of those things.

(Oh, thanks for the clay, Ron!)


carter gillies said...

I am totally envious! We need to organize a caravan from Athens for one of his upcoming sales.

Linda Starr said...

Wow, those pieces are beautiful, I love owls too and the upside goat is a hoot - or is the owl a hoot and the goat a bleat - I better go get my coffee.

Gabe Sealey-Morris said...

You couldn't do the upside-down animals on everything, but an upside-down goat now and then makes all the difference. (Sarah agreed - upside-down animals are fun.)

lil songbird mama said...

love the new goodies! beautiful!