After Sonoma I thought to myself... What the hell am I going to do with all these pots I made?? How am I getting these awesome pots back to Montana? I don't have a car anymore. Should I ship it? Oh man.. I hope something happens. Something always happens.
I'm in Los Angeles. It's awesome here. I brought down everything left over from my show. I didn't really know what I'd do with it..
Last week I realized I have a friend not too far away working in Pomona at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA). Said friend is Heidi Kreitchet. I know, right!!! Heidi was at Utah State working on her Masters while I was getting my Bachelors.
This is the link to her website: http://www.hkwoodfire.com/ and the following image is one of her pieces.
Back in school we got along great and I haven't seen her since 2010. I emailed her and she said to come out...she is running a giant community studio attached to the Museum and said I could make some work. Then she asked if I had any finished pots with me. Do I ever!
Here's a few of the pots I made while I was there... when I was making them I realized I kept thinking of some pots by Bob Turner and Karen Karnes. I like this kind of form.... I wont see these until May of this year when Heidi comes out to Missoula for a visit and firing. When I get to Missoula I hope to do a series of these for the wood kiln and the soda kiln.
When I got the tour from Heidi she showed me this huge pile of clay and said.. Here you go! Go nuts! That's your cart over there..the one that has a sign on it saying.. "Bobby Free Visiting Artist and Master Potter". She laughed a lot about that one. I was a little embarrassed about it. I met a lot of nice folks around the studio. I've been invited back whenever I can make it to give a slide talk and make more work. I'll definitely make that happen this coming year.
Heidi loved my finished pots and said I could sell it in the community studio gallery. Yes! Then the gallery director of the museum's store saw my work and said.. "I must have it in the store! I want 15 of the best pieces.. I'll run out and get you a contract". YES! I think the technical term for this is a "double whammy".
So.. I hand delivered about 50 pots, large and small. I hope they all eventually find a good home.
Isn't she funny? She tried to instal my plates without the template... Nice try, Heidi. Haha...