I have often joked that the reason why there are so few craft writers is that most of us have died off (starvation) and that I am an endangered species. The community of craft writers is relatively small and is something that has troubled me. When I won the Critical Eye Award I offered to mentor at least one other writer serious in learning the trade. I've been able to help out a few, for example, that was one reason why I took on the volunteer co-editing of the last issue of Cahiers métiers d'art. It was to provide assistance to the writers involved and the publication, as it is a prime destination for serious craft writers, scholars and theorists. But in this digital age of e-zines and website not all publications are printed on paper.
Speaking of prime destinations…I am happy to report that King's Point Pottery has earned yet another distinction (They were given a #1 destination distinction by Tourism earlier this summer). Check out arts quest:
Arts Quests entry about their on-site visit to King's Point Pottery is surprising in its depth and informed commentary on the ceramics, gallery and inspiration for both. It combines an article, great photos and a jazzy little video of David sporting a goatee (David you are looking downright venerable). Having been there myself I can testify that Arts Quest does a great job of giving you a feel for the place and Linda Yates and David Hayashida.
Here's an excerpt from Arts Quests discussion of the sea and its inspiration to potters Linda Yates and David Hayashida:
Linda and David’s passionate connection to the sea and it’s inhabitants are well represented in their work. For instance, Capelin, a small fish in the smelt family, is an essential part of the food chain for cod and other marine life. It has also been used for human consumption, pet food, bait and garden fertilizer. Over a ten-year span Linda and David worked on a cast and carved mold of these little guys and now represent these important fish in their collection in the form of plates, dishes, platters and bowls. The next two photos below show some of their capelin mold creations:
Instead of including a second shot of the capelin inspired work I wanted to include the shot of their new gallery for those you who haven't had the opportunity to visit in person. Love that blue floor, it's an eye-popper and a great backdrop for the work by more than 150 artists that King's Point Pottery is now able to show and sell.
Now, for those you who still not have not voted for Jason Holley in the RBC, Gardiner Ceramic Emerging Artist award, it is not too late:
It's a People's Choice Award and you are people aren't you?