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Not only is that the first three letters of my postal code … it’s what things would be, in the best of all possible worlds.  Question is, is that where we are?  Some days I’d say “you bet!”, other days, not so much!

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Want to talk about yesterday?  First we found a magnificent mouse house built in the spaces around the motor of my car.  It was a BIG one!  (What is it about mice and me?)  So my fabulous hubby cleared that all away.  Then, making a quick trip into Cobourg my vehicle decided it wanted a rest — on the 401.  Luckily I glided over to the side of the road (all of the electrical just gave up the ghost and died), and then it was just time spent waiting for tow trucks, etc.  It’s at the car docs now, racking up the $$$’s, no doubt.  

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Did that make yesterday a miserable day?  Not particularly.  I had my cell phone and was able to call for help.  I sat and did a bit of meditation while I waited — and just before I’d headed out on that fateful journey, I’d been to lunch with a couple of friends and had a hoot of a morning.  And, I still got in a visit with one of my BFF’s in Cobourg.  It was just later than I anticipated, so they invited me to stay for a late dinner.  Even had jello for desert (how funny is that?).  


Had a revelation a few years ago.  I don’t get myself into a state over things that can be fixed with a little time and money.  I still get in a state on occasion, but cars and plumbing don’t do it for me any more.


So, onto some pots!  I hear that a few of you are enjoying the trip down the rabbit hole with me … so here’s a couple more potters that have taught me something, either by actual teaching or example!  The first today is Monica Johnston of Frantic Farms in Warkworth.   Monica has taught me a lot … and all of the wood fired pieces of mine that you guys admire were done in Monica’s kiln.  She is one of the hardest working potters I know.  She teaches classes in Warkworth as well, and inspires lots of people besides me.  

             Monica feeding the fire

The second is Hana Balaban-Pommier.  She is another potter/clay artisan (for real) who I did the mentorship program with through Fusion.  Why do I love her work?  Because she is fearless!  She left a ‘real’ job to go to Sheridan College and do the ceramics program full time.  Her explorations in clay are stupendous, and she’s still doing it, still trying to get ceramics to look as fragile as life itself.  Have a look at her website.  She almost made me give up working in clay (because she’s that good!).  Besides that — she’s awsome!

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What’s up for today?  Two classes, paperwork for the Dharma Centre, and did I mention that we’re having a pottery show right here in Frankford in the Fall?  The Frankford Pottery Fest!  If you’re a potter, plan to join us.  If you’re a fan, plan to come!  September 23 & 24 — it’s going to be fabulous!  You can even camp there, or if you’re a potter, you can come and camp here!


Hope you’re having a great day,

Susan McD