Driving over to the Gardener to deliver some Furoshiki, I took Gilman so that I could drive through the industrial area where there is some hard core working going on . I love the sights and the smells of machinery. It reminds me so much of my dad. I drove super slow to take it all in. I'm realizing that I am so drawn to using vintage machines and tools. The last few days I have fantasizing about a workshop stocked with industrial sewing machines, tools and a beautiful well lighted space to create. I hand set my grommets right now on my aprons, but looking into buying some machines to do that for me and some other toys. Any way driving through that area in Berkeley so reminds me of how much I love all of that stuff. Growing up my dad had a Machine shop that he made all sorts of stuff from wooden yoyos , racket ball paddles and brass buckles to furniture. The smell of the ocean reminds me of my dad as well cause he lived on a sail boat for years. All his clothes smelled like that musty sea salt smell. It makes me miss him and it makes me happy at the same time. I think he influence what i love to do so much more than I am aware of.
As I slowly turned the corner I saw THE POTTERY STUDIO. I had a few minuets to spare and a strong pull to go in. I found a very special place inside. It felt like I was back in the 70s. The people so welcoming and the programs so easy and accessible. I knew I would be back. They welcome kids, but it doesn't have that cater to kids vibe that I can sometimes do with out. I'm looking forward to making time to go throw a collection of plates, cups and bowls for my house. I grew up with heath and inherited 6 classic blue plates from my Mom. I would love to make something that compliments that esthetic. I know I make it sound so easy right? I'm dreaming about giving it a shot. My sister Colleen is a great ceramicist. she is taking classes and working in a studio in L.A producing some stuff that I can't wait to see. She is a huge inspiration to me. Sorry about the crappy photos, I had to share with you any way.