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Monday, March 31, 2008

Neighborhood Potter

Dear Family and Friends,

A Visit with the Neighborhood Potter
While Judy and Brad were here we took them to the potters' studio across the street from us. The potter has a gallery in downtown Cuenca on Calle Large. However, my choice is to visit the studio and see the pottery being made.

The studio is located on Mariscal Lamar. We walk because it is so close, but you can get there on buses 11, 4 or 6. There is no off street parking and as you can see in this photo, the front door opens right into the street.

Depending on what is happening when you visit, you may see the artist at the pottery wheel, kneading the clay, firing the pottery in the kiln or even polishing the pottery.

Below is a picture of Judy watching in amazement as the potter is finishing off the clay at the potters wheel using the side of a plastic lotion bottle to get the desired results.

Besides seeing tons of pottery ready for finishing work, you can also see a small select amount of finished work in the gallery. In the past, we have been fortunate enough to purchase pottery directly from the studio.

Here is Brad examining a piece of finished pottery.

While visiting, you should keep your eyes open and look around thoroughly, there is pottery being displayed that is such a joy to discover. Here is a pottery bird hanging in the rafters.
They also have real animals, including a couple of very well behaved dogs, a backyard goose and below is the parrot of the house talking for his Mama.

Judy and Brad headed back to the USA on Saturday. Chuck and I are enjoying the quiet time and spending special time together. Tonight we watched the movie Gandhi. I had not seen it before. If you have not seen it, or even if you have, I highly recommend it.

Nancy and Chuck