Such a fabulous surprise visit with my longtime friend Shozo Michikawa and his wife, who were being toured around Seagrove by my buddy Warner and visiting with Takaro and Hitomi Shibata. David Stuempfle and I were able to catch up with them as they were finishing breakfast and had a great visit around the table. Shozo will be in the area working with Judith Duff and doing a special exhibition at Judith’s home gallery on May 18th. Check out http://www.judithduff.com/events.htm for more details. #shozomichikawa #japanesepotter #friendsfromjapan #community #ceramics #adventure #apotterslife

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Great times filming yesterday with Matt and Ted Lee of @theleebros for their upcoming TV adventure series “Southern Uncovered” about food and culture in the south. These guys are great storytellers and ambassadors for southern culture within a lot of energy. It was great to get them out digging some clay and talking about parallels between food and pottery. I’m also pretty excited that my truck, old boy, is gonna be on TV. #theleebros #southernculture #adventure #apotterslife

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So glad to share some time with one of my dearest friends Rachel for her birthday celebration today on Dogwood pasture at Warren Wilson College. Rachel and I met at WWC 17 years ago and our “family” has been celebrating her birthday and the coming of spring on Dogwood for the past 11 years. Those hills are filled with countless beautiful memories for me. I fell truly blessed to have attended such an amazing college with so many talented and creative people who continue to be my closest friends in this world. Feeling the Wilson family love in a big way today. #warrenwilson #family #springishere #adventure #apotterslife

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After leaving the whirlwind that’s been the Providence NCECA today, I realized that I didn’t make any Instagram posts the whole time I was there. There didn’t seem to be any images that described what happened for me there and what mattered to me most. I had some of the best conversations I’ve had in a while, photographs feel pointless and incapable of recording those moments sometimes. Sometimes I think photographs and social media trivialize those experiences and actually distract from really experiencing them. There was however this image, that definitely wasn’t about conversations, and is about another side of NCECA that is actually very valuable to me. Here’s to one of the hands down most fun dance parties I’ve had in a while with @alindsayo @alixb_alixb @richthepotter @brooksoliver @jrothshank @jasonbburnett @arthurhalvorsen @dustinfowlerceramics @wes_harvey1 @candicehensley I’m still smiling ya’ll. #ncecadanceparty #nceca #ceramics #apotterslife

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Portrait at the brick plant. Something very powerful happened to me here. I think someday I will totally understand the gravity of this moment. I recognize this as a huge turning point in my life and in my work. Something clicked. Maybe it felt like getting permission to really go were you want to be. Maybe it was just really seeing it for the first time, really feeling in in your deepest places. Something you have always suspected was there. I don’t feel like I have the answers to anything, more like the right questions to ask. A way forward. #thebrickplant #aturningppoint #joshcopus #apotterslife #ceramics

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