Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Stirling Show Up, and Life
Delivered my pots to the Stirling Gallery in Dunedin yesterday afternoon. The reception will be Friday evening, January 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 held in conjunction with the Dunedin 2nd Friday Wine/Art Walk. Thanks to Carol Mayle and Clara Ann for all their hard work setting up the show.
Photos here are a sneak peak of the some of the pottery being shown for the month of January. One of my pieces is in the first three photos. Sorry about the quality of the photos. The work is under plexiglass and, with the gallery lighting, it's hard to avoid reflections.
The following day, January 15, the artist's in the show will have a pottery sale also at the Stirling Gallery from 12 to 3 p.m. If you're in the area either day please stop by and say hi. Otherwise the work will be up for the whole month of January if you're in the Dunedin, Florida area. Dunedin is close to Clearwater and the Tampa Bay Area.
Gary came along to help me carry my work and afterwards he took me to the Cafe Alfresco. Since we got there early and it wasn't too busy the sous chef made up a special meal for me. He made some Maryland crab cakes without any wheat coating.
Since June last year I've had to change my eating habits tremendously and that's been a real challenge. So many products contain wheat or gluten, you wouldn't believe it. No pizza, no bread, no cereal, blah, blah, blah, even soy sauce has wheat except one brand I learned.
I found out rather dramatically I was allergic to gluten and wheat. Back then I was extremely ill for a number of months and truly faced my own mortality narrowly escaping the grim reaper. I'm finally feeling like I'm on the other side of that coin, but still each morning I'm amazed and thankful I wake up alive.
In some of my posts I've romanticized traveling across the country in our RV. In the past we relocated four different times and each of those moves was much easier than this trip. Those travels and moves were much more romantic than this one turned out to be.
I'm now realizing each journey has it's price and this one had a high one for several reasons. Having to leave our long time home of California; and also having to painfully cut a lot of "dead wood" out of my life; and packing up and moving across the country has it's rewards but it hasn't been easy dealing with all that.
With the new year here I thought verbalizing some of my thoughts about the past might strengthen the bridge into the future for me. Truthfully there were many days over the past year or so where all I was able to do was read blogs or write on my blog and work on my pottery. Over the last month or so I've been feeling back to what I consider my normal self. With previous energies coming back, I hope (like h...) I continue along in that vein.
Your blogs and your comments on my blog have truly been welcoming places of respite for me, especially since in the past I used to live in the middle of no where. I'm still a distance away from the main guild location here but am glad I've found a pottery group in Florida where I can meet with other potters in person, which I'm really looking forward to enjoying this year.
Ok, onward and upward, coming up the other recipe I promised, a home improvement project I've been working on, and a homemade clay tool I'm making. Thanks for listening.
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