Well, since we had covered most of the Pottery Tour on Friday, we decided to head the other direction today. So we went down towards the Twin Cities to do a little more shopping. Not quite as much fun as buying pottery and meeting great potters… but still a great place to buy clay & supplies. While we were so close, I figured we should stop by for some clay, canvas and tools!
After that we went to Northern Clay Center to do a little looking around. We were greeted by a great girl at the front desk. She was exceedingly friendly & informative. She pretty much gave us a full tour right there from behind her front desk! I was equally impressed about how she encouraged us to not only shop the gallery space, but to also go back into the building to visit the other resident studio artists. And that they all have displays of their work for us to look at and purchase from as well. I think we need that kind of customer service at the font desk of Lillstreet?!… maybe then we’d actually get some people up to the second floor? Instead of just people looking for their birthday party location… or people saying “I never knew this was even up here!”
Next we swung by a friend’s home & studio in Minneapolis. Emily Murphy was one of my studio “neighbor” (and total instigator of me even starting this blog – yes, it’s all her fault) until she moved up to Minneapolis. We stopped by to visit, see her adorable daughter Ada, see her studio and pick up a box of pots that she wanted me to take back to the Lillstreet Gallery for her. Yep, so much better to save postage with hand-delivery!!! While there, she also mentioned that she had a lot of old glazes from her cone 10 soda firing days that she was looking to get rid of. And she thought of me! So the same buckets she moved from Lillstreet up to Minneapolis were now making the same trip back from Minneapolis down to my studio at Lillstreet.
After some time in Minneapolis, it was time to head up north to the Tour… well, kinda.
We made a trip to Taylors Falls, which is in between stops of the “official Tour” for a visit with the Rogue Potters. It’s a great group of potters who have pulled together in a small dilapidated farmouse with a wonderfully decrepit kiln shed. No kidding. It’s all kind of falling a part – but in a GREAT WAY. So charming & so quaint. And sure it doesn’t hurt that you’re immediately greeted by Buddy the golden lab who comes running right up to the car to say hello. So we did a little shopping and a little chatting with Randal and the rest of the Rogues. We also went back to the kiln shed to look at their wood fire kiln. So lovingly charred, crusted and well-used.
For more information about the Rogue Potters, click here for their website www.roguepotters.com or click on their LINK in the far right corner of my blog.
After our time with the Rogue Potters, we went back to the “official Tour” to re-visit a couple of our favorite studio locations. And to make more fun of my friend Steven Hill. But first, we decided to go to sculpture park that we’ve driven past for several years, but had never stopped.