Friday, 1 January 2021

The Loss of a Friend in the Pottery world.

With the sad news that Phil Rogers had died just before Christmas 
I started to write a blog about him and his influence over me as a potter since as early as I can remember! 

Then I began to see all the other people writing about him and I was overwhelmed by the many wonderful things people said about him?
What more could I add to that, he was in all ways a giant in the pottery world! 
We even added another brown jug to our collection from 
the Goldmark Gallery 
I’ve often had Phil’s videos playing in my workshop as a source of both information and inspiration 
But instead of mourning his loss and feeling glum, I’m going to count myself lucky that I got to know him and can count him as a friend.
When Marion bought me the jug 4 years ago I put a picture on Face ache of me proudly holding it
and Phil commented “ I love it when a fellow potter buys one of my pots, especially one I admire”.
You could have knocked me over with a feather!
( or do you think he was referring to the jug? )
Only for one of my friends to follow it up with
 “ you always did like big jugs Paul”

But here’s the thing!
I then started to think of all of the other potters that I have met and become friends with since I started my  pottery journey back in 1973 and Blog in 2008.

Instead of feeling glum I started to feel a real sense of pride that I have met so many wonderful potters and collectors and become a part of the very strong pottery community throughout the World!
I’ve collected friends and memories along the way
That I will be able to take to the grave with me as part of my collection.

To back this up here are some random shots taken along the way

This was a selfie taken for my neighbour who turned out to be a collector of Tony’s work!
So much fun has been had along the way
And these chaps have been with me all of the way

Johnny, Mark, Doug & Hannah 
set the bar very high in how to be a good potter and wonderful human beings
and your friendship and help has been worth it’s weight in gold!
I’ve forgotten this chaps name, but we got on like a house on fire when he came to Earth & Fire
Wine and beer dismantled the language barrier!
I feel like a winner everyday being a part of this Pottery community!
So my thoughts aren’t glum
How could they be when your surrounded 
By such a great community of potters, collectors and customers.
Have a great 2021 Everyone.
 Rest in Peace


1 comment:

gz said...

We lose members of our clay community, but gain so many that they have inspired, whether makers or lovers of clay things

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