L. P. Skeen on tue 20 mar 07
Well, Elizabeth and I made it back without killing each other or anyone
else. I made a wrong turn in Albuquerque and ended up in Tennessee instead
of West Virginia, thus making a 9 hour trip into 12+ hours, but what the
hell. We got here, and didn't have to pay tolls, LOL.
Many interesting points of the trip occurred in restaurants and included:
A Richard Petty wannabe in the Simpsonville, KY Dairy Queen. He literally
had on blue jeans, a red, white and blue shirt like Richard wears, giant
belt buckle, and big-ass hat. He REEKED of horses from like 8 feet
away, and (literally) had poo caked all OVER his boots. In a
RESTAURANT! And he was carrying a baby. The mind boggles.
Apparently, it's normal in KY to be served a baked potato with sour cream
and no butter. Go fig! However, Elizabeth made up for it by having Carl
the Waiter (in a totally different restaurant) provide butter at Thursday's
dinner for the potato that was lacking butter on Wednesday, so it's all
good. (I SWEAR I am not making this up; you can ask Sue and Rachel.)
Apparently it is also normal in KY to have a Reuben sandwich with only one
slice of bread. I still don't know why. The menu said, "Knife and
fork Reuben". I thought that meant it had a lot of meat on it. Elizabeth
keeps threatening to find me a piece of rye bread to make up for it, and I'm
checking the mailbox for caraway seeds every day now. She calls it my very
own Kentucky Progressive Dinner.
Yes of COURSE we had to eat at KFC while in KY. (You mean you DIDN'T?)
SAFFRON'S!!! OMG that place is awesome. I went there on Thurs. for lunch
and HAD TO go back on Friday for dinner. I made a reservation for 10, but
you know how potters are - like that shampoo commercial - Elizabeth and I
told two friends, and they told two friends, and THEY told two friends, and
we ended up with 23 for dinner. Poor restaurant guy! They had set us up in
the back room to start with, and there were two other set ups in the same
room. The people for the second set up did show up, but the third group
either didn't show up at all, or they got put out front, because eventually
they gave the table to us so we could spread out. If you ever get to
Louisville, it's at the corner of Market and Second, and you have GOT to
have the rack of lamb. Our waiter, Adeel (sp?), as in, "Let's Make A Deal"
(his joke, not mine), ran his bee-hind off keeping up with us. It's a good
thing they put us in the back, 'cuz we were loud. We had a great time!
Other interesting things included:
The Clayart room(s) were gargantuan for the first time in my personal
memory. AND we had two of 'em.
I first pulled my own dang contribution to the "thing exchange" and had to
trade in. Thereafter, I got The Nekkid Mug, neener neener! Also included
was a clay monoprint. Thank you to the Nekkid Mug Maker, whose name I think
is Joyce but I won't swear to it because I suck with names and the mug is in
the other part of the house at the moment!!!
The vendor hall was also gargantuan. Every other NCECA I've been to, the
aisles were jammed and it was hard to move around. The place was so big
this time there was plenty of room. Unfortunately I did NOT find the throw
and go wheel that I wanted to see. :(
The only show I saw was the one in the Clayart room. It was awesome even
without professional set up and lighting. I was drooling over Bruce and
Lynne Girrell's work - hope the pots aren't damaged too much ;0)
MUCHO THANK YOUs to John Hesselberth, Jeff Weiland, Bruce Girrell, Gail
Phillips, Tim Friedrich(sp?) and everyone who had the guts to send slides to
be shown in the photography session. Despite computer glitches, one juror
not showing up, and using a tablecloth hung from the ceiling with duct tape
instead of an actual screen (saved us $100 there Jeff, thanks!) the
photography workshop did go well and I heard from many that the comments
from the "jurors" were very helpful to them. We had a wide range of slide
quality, and that was very demonstrative in itself. :) Those of you who
weren't in the room when Bruce showed his Mata Ortiz and glaze under the
microscope slides missed a treat!
Ok, I still need to catch up on some sleep, so that's all for now. :) I'm
sure I'll think of something else....later.
L. P. Skeen, Summerfield NC, USA
Marcia Selsor on tue 20 mar 07
It was great to finally meet you. Wish I'd gotten to spend more time
getting to know some of the Clayarters who I don't know well.
Now that we are both on the Potters Council, I think that will happen.
I ate at Saffron's four times! Our whole table had half racks on Sat.
night. What a great place. I think the ice cream surpassed the Creme
The entire restauant was full of NCECA people including a table of
Europeans and Australians. If only the world could come together in
peace as well as in a Persian Restaurant. I found Saffron's on a
Route 66 search for local restaurants in downtown.
Dona Causland took some of us to a hotel with a Rookwood tiled
basement cove bar/restaurant that was closed. Russel went into the
kitchen and found lights. We took pictures. Dona did anyway. The
columns had crowned pelicans around the capitals. (My kind of place).
She said she'd send pictures. I forgot my camera.
Glad you made it home ok.
On Mar 19, 2007, at 11:01 PM, L. P. Skeen wrote:
> SAFFRON'S!!! OMG that place is awesome. I went there on Thurs.
> for lunch
> and HAD TO go back on Friday for dinner. I made a reservation for
> 10, but
> you know how potters are - like that shampoo commercial - Elizabeth
> and I
> told two friends, and they told two friends, and THEY told two
> friends, and
> we ended up with 23 for dinner. Poor restaurant guy! They had set
> us up in
> the back room to start with, and there were two other set ups in
> the same
> room. The people for the second set up did show up, but the third
> either didn't show up at all, or they got put out front, because
> they gave the table to us so we could spread out. If you ever get to
> Louisville, it's at the corner of Market and Second, and you have
> GOT to
> have the rack of lamb. Our waiter, Adeel (sp?), as in, "Let's Make
> A Deal"
> (his joke, not mine), ran his bee-hind off keeping up with us.
> It's a good
> thing they put us in the back, 'cuz we were loud. We had a great