Sally McLeod on mon 26 sep 05
Laurie wrote an email to clayart and I slept! The day has been busy and this is my first chance to write regarding David Hendley's workshop at Clay Planet in San Jose, CA and sponsored by Orchard Valley Ceramic Artist Guild (OVCAG.org).
Friday night we met at Mother Earth, a wonderful facility for all aspects of clay and Abby, the owner, introduced David Hendley. David has a wonderful smile that he shares freely. He was dressed perfect for California and received many compliments although we hear that his wife wasn't so sure about his color scheme. Next came the sharing of slides including his studio, Old Farm House Pottery, and his home that he built (including making the tiles and ceramic drawer handles.) This building project took five year; he created a wonderful home. . . . . David is truly a Renaissance man!
Saturday we gathered at Clay Planet for the workshop and were welcomed by one of the owners, Matt. He then went on to offer a 20% discount on extruders purchased during the workshop (a very generous offer!)
It was a wonderful gathering of potters, all anxious to connect with friends and new acquaintances. David had his hands full taming this group, but when he went into action there were ohs and ahs about techniques he shared. David makes his own pottery tools and shared many samples and answered many questions. One of his very best suggestions had to do with extruder dies. Attend one of his workshops and you'll come away with many new ideas and helpful suggestion for using tools such as the extruder.
David has a delightful sense of humor. Saturday evening he stood in Barbara & Charlie Brown's backyard and gazed up at their lemon tree and said, "Lemons and limes on the same tree?!"
Barbara is famous for her workshop potlucks, warm hospitality, and wonderful collection of pots! It was a great evening.
I dare not forget that we were treated to "cobalt blues" and other terrific songs written and sung by David on Friday night Laurie brought her guitar from Sacramento for him to use. I think he could write another song about questions he has been asked at workshops.
During the workshop Hurricain Rita was on a direct path for the Hendley home, but fortunately David was able to get through to his wife and found that all was OK at home.
In behalf of all the attendees, THANK YOU DAVID!!
Laurie on tue 27 sep 05
Yeah, but I probably should have slept and written to Clayart later!
Sally has summed up the entire weekend beautifully in a short email - I
would have taken up half the server's disk space if I'd tried to write
about the whole weekend!
I also wanted to add that it was so nice to reconnect with people I'd
met in Mendocino in January. There's no people like clay people!
And I second that great idea for a song for David to write about
questions he gets asked at workshops. In case you haven't heard the
Potter's Tango yet, it is all about comments and questions people ask
at shows. Very funny and set to a fun tango melody. I apologize for the
guitar not quite wanting to stay perfectly tuned, but it had relatively
new strings and had been riding in the car for the previous 6 hours. Of
course I was probably the only one who heard that e-string wanting to
go slightly flat!
Another cool thing is that since I never throw away used guitar
strings, I learned a new use for them! Cutoff wires! I was already
incorporating old bass guitar strings into sculptures.
Laurie in Sacramento
On Sep 26, 2005, at 9:09 PM, Sally McLeod wrote:
> Laurie wrote an email to clayart and I slept! The day has been busy
> and this is my first chance to write regarding David Hendley's
> workshop at Clay Planet in San Jose, CA and sponsored by Orchard
> Valley Ceramic Artist Guild (OVCAG.org).