Mo Southern Love Meet BlueNC Women

I won't spend too much time going over all of the great ideas that came out of the day because I plan to go over these in another diary, but I will post pictures and hopefully give you an idea of just how much fun we had.

There were only two disappointing parts to the day. First lcloud wasn't feeling well and called to let us know she wouldn't be attending. I hope you feel better, lcloud, and we'll do it again soon. The second was that my rickinfrickin cell coverage was d-e-a-d in Seagrove and I just about had to stop the car and stand on top of it to find out our friend wouldn't be joining us.

I was up at 4am and on the road a little after 6am to meet my fellow BlueNC women at the Jugtown Cafe. I arrived a few minutes after 8am and Mo was already there with her BlueNC sign and tables ready for the crowd. It was my first time meeting Mo, who was sporting a new short hair cut. (She donated her long hair and does so regularly each time she grows it out.) I would have known that smile anywhere, though. After big hugs we sat to gab and make name tags and drink some coffee.

Pics and more below the fold....

Not long after that, Drama Queen and Mr. Drama Queen showed up. He had breakfast with us before heading to the zoo. We waited at the restaurant until a bit after 9am so we wouldn't leave anyone behind.


Mo, Drama Queen and Mr. Drama Queen at Jugtown Cafe

Our first stop was Seagrove Pottery which is a gallery that displays work from quite a few area potters. There was lots of beautiful pottery and little doodads. I convinced DQ to wait on some soup mugs in a pretty green glaze until we'd visited more studios. DQ, did you and hubby head back and buy the mugs?

Turn and Burn was right around the corner and it was about this time I realized my cell phone wasn't picking up a signal. Mo had left her phone in her other bag and DQ had given hers to her husband. Not to worry, the owner of Turn and Burn offered his phone for long distance calls. I was able to get in touch with C.Diane and since she was just a few minutes away, we waited for her.

While we waited we learned about the process they use to burn horse hair and emu feathers into the pottery. The feathers and hair burn and leave a carbon trace on the pots. They are beautiful. We were lucky too because they had just taken a load from the wood kiln. I bought a beautiful pot from that firing. They will be showing at the Southern Spring show here in Charlotte next week if anyone is interested in seeing their work.

We hadn't been in the store for very long when I saw this form dashing across the store out of the corner of my eye. Now I like pottery, but I'm not coordinated enough to run across a store without breaking something, so I was a bit caught off my guard to see this. It was Mo. I wish I had video. This is what she'd found. You know who it was for.

This piece was hand-built by a young apprentice at the shop. He had several others in the works all in different positions. He also had some elephants. They all looked lazy and constipated to me.

The four of us piled in my car and we headed out to the main strip. Mo wanted to go to Holly Hill since she'd interviewed the owner for her piece on Seagrove featured here at BlueNC. Unfortunately, the shop hadn't opened yet, so we went across the street to Dirt Works.


C.Diane and Mo at Dirt Works

Dirt Works is a casual place with cats and dogs wandering around the shop. In the back they were also busy preparing for the Southern Spring Show in Charlotte next week. The shop is more like an art gallery with many different styles of pottery. Some of it looks much like traditional North Carolina pottery, some is intended to be the typical tourist piece (thank you, I'm a tourist) and some is stunning with prices to match. Prices I would happily pay if the budget allowed.

Dan Triese told us a fun story about the "rare southern puzzlewood tree", which is the wood source for the handles of the giant teapots on display. Of course, the real source of wood for the handles is a composite that is cut and polished to fit. The puzzlewood tree story is more fun, though.


Drama Queen and Mo at Dirt Works

Dan invited us back for a demonstration. DQ has the video at Youtube. The demonstration was so interesting we let time get away from us. We quickly made our purchases and headed to lunch. We were late!

When we arrived back at The Jugtown Cafe our group was waiting for us. NCDem and Leslie H had driven down together from the Raleigh area. Joan and Lovex7 had driven together. Joan is Love's sister-in-law and was a fun addition to the group. Working for Change and her mom Diane were also there and Tina Kissell finished out the group.


From left: Leslie H, Lovex7, Tina Kissell, Momoaizo, Drama Queen, C.Diane, Working for Change, Diane (WFC's Mom), Joan (Love's s-i-l), NCDem

How lucky were we to have a congressman and the wife of a future congressman join us for our gathering?

Not long after lunch arrived, so did Brad Miller and one of his young staffers. Brad came prepared with a notebook and papers, but we really did just sit and chat and enjoy his company. While we sat "last supper style" with our honored guests in the center of the table, it was still difficult for those on the end to hear. Sorry we didn't have a private room, but we've already had a couple of offers from one of our very own and from one of the potters that will allow for a better meeting environment for our next gathering.

The congressman once again fielded the question about a senate run. Other than fielding the questions, Congressman Miller isn't thinking about it. He's busy dealing with the work in front of him. His science oversight committee is sending out letters and gearing up for investigations. Basically, he's busy being in the majority.


Congressman Brad Miller shows his ass [credit Working for Change for this one-liner]

After the congressman showed his ass, it was time for him to head back to Raleigh for his next event. As we were all getting up from the table a young man approached our group. He had seen the BlueNC sign Mo had put on the table. He wanted to meet the congressman.

Turns out, this nice man is gsodem, a new member here at BlueNC. He and his friend, Stephanie were shopping in Seagrove and were at lunch. It's lucky we met them since they arrived after our scheduled departure.


gsodem and Stephanie

The afternoon started with a visit to Ben Owen studio and museum. Ben Owen III is one of the better known potters in the area, but the afternoon visit meant the pots were picked over. Those that remained were beautiful and one wall was lined with displays of aspiring and apprentice potters. This picture shows some of the pots in the museum. I own some old pots, but nothing this nice.

After leaving the Owen studio we made a loop that included Cady Clay, Jugtown and the Original Owens pottery. Somebody purchased something at almost every stop. As the afternoon wore on, folks left to suit their own schedules and our group became a bit smaller. Our caravan of five cars was whittled down to three after Jugtown, then two after the Original Owens.

Mo, NCDem, Leslie H and I headed to Holly Hill where several purchases were made and the owner told Leslie H and Mo that he had been at a conference in Greensboro earlier where they were talking about the BlueNC folks coming to Seagrove. I guess word got around.

We ended the day with a second trip to Dirt Works and a third trip to the Jugtown Cafe for coffee to warm us up before heading home. Obviously, we had fun and enjoyed shopping for pottery and chatting, but we also talked seriously about ideas to bring more women and minorities into the world of online activism. I will include more about those discussions in a future post. [Update: I wrote this yesterday morning and came home last night to find NCDem's beautiful vlog/blog post at DailyKos. If you missed it yesterday, please go see it today.]

Next event will include the entire BlueNC family. Ideas anyone?


Mo Southern Love did Seagrove

Comments

I had this written yesterday morning

but didn't have time to add the pics before heading out to celebrate my Dad's birthday. By the time we were back last night I was too tired to finish adding pics and links. Sorry to be tardy with this.

NCDem has offered to hold a gathering at her home in the Raleigh area and Dan Triese, owner of Dirt Works offered to let us hold an annual get together at the studio. He said they offer it to special groups (and there's no denying that we're special) and they would do demonstrations, etc for us. Then, we have Converge South coming up in October and BlueNC Women would like to help make good use of the BlueNC Caucus room.

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Leslie H - congrats on getting a top comment

It is so beautifully said I plan to quote you in the other piece I'm writing.

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Sounds like

everyone had a great time. Glad it came together so well.

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"Keep the Faith"

A top comment?

You mean at dKos? I'm gonna have to go check that out. Thanks for telling me, SD. I had no idea.

This is a wonderful write up and I'm really looking forward to the other piece you're writing, SD. I love the way you write.

P.S. I'm totally jealous of the donkey the Congressman got. I see another Seagrove trip in my future.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Congratulations Leslie......

I've read the comment and agree that it was one of the best I read. I didn't know that there was a Top Comment Award/Recognition thingy at Kos, is it like a diary rescue thingy?

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top comments

is done almost in conjunction with diary rescue. They usually highlight about a dozen different comments that people find (you can send them reccomends) and then they list the top 30 comments by recc amounts. one list includes tip jars and one list does not. pretty interesting.

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"Keep the Faith"

Yes, Congrats, Leslie!

You are such a talented writer. Top comments may either be those that recieve the most recommends or those culled by DailyKos diarists who compose the rescued diary or top comment lists.

See Leslie's top comment on this diary

Thanks to everyone for their support on the DailyKos diary. Not only did we have Brad Miller liveblogging with us, the diary made recommended.

Thanks

for the linky, NC Dem.

You and DQ are blueNC's vlogger stars. :-D I really think y'alls videos bring an important element --a special added appeal -- to the table. They are most excellent. ;)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Thanks, mom.

That really surprised me. And it was very cool. 8^) I don't think anything I've written has ever made the top comments before. Its a good thing the words got out there. Hope the message landed in fertile minds. ;)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

It was Fun, Fun, Fun

Next time it will be bigger because everybody who wasn't there will know what they missed this time. It's great to finally meet people in person that you have considered friends for months. The staffer is named Jamie.

I have the day off from court today. I'm going to see how I can cram two weeks of work into one day. I do that with cleaning sometimes.

Lovex7

I was worried about you yesterday

didn't see you online and hoped everything was fine. After reading this, (seems I'm in good company when I say I love your work SD) all I can say is you are an amazing woman! Nan has invited us all to the beach for a get-together. I would also like to have everyone come to Pinehurst (good news on that front, I'll be writing about on Thursday), and perhaps a meet and greet here. There are so many possibilities in this wonderfully diverse state, because so many from the coast to the mountains are part of this BlueNC community.

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SD, Momo was really worried about you yesterday.

She even contacted me about you. See what happens when you try to have a life without telling us? LOL

Lovex7

I'll be sure to check in next time

:)

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You know it's because I love you

that I worry about you.....

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Very fine report!

Sounds like great fun!

Great to see ya'll in Seagrove

Stephanie and I had a great time in Seagrove. I've been telling all my GSO friends about meeting the Congressman and folks from BlueNC while out looking at pottery.

The consensus is, we should plan a Greensboro meetup. Maybe meet at Natty Greene's and invite a local state rep? Or we could all go a production at Triad Stage.

Great to meet ya'll.

It was a wonderful surprise for us all

so glad you introduced yourselves. Please encourage Stephanie to join you in blogging here, we could always use more women's voices!

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The Dirtworks demonstration vdieo . . .

I've uploaded that dang video three times and the straight link just won't function but the embed seemed to work yesterday at Kos. I got the hits I would have expected. Yet, I just posted it here and it doesn't work.

But it worked a minute ago from my brief post at Scru Hoo. Go figure.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

Here's the pottery demonstration

Thanks to Google video, which was must faster than YouTube, btw. Look for momo and listen for SD.

And, momo, here's a straight link if the embed doesn't work.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

"Mr. DQ" I love it!

I'm using that from now on.

Thank you, SD, for making the event happen. It's always wonderful to get together with women. I'm lucky enough to know lots of women in politics but we don't get to gather casually ever.

Mr. DQ kept asking if we all knew each other before. He couldn't believe how much fun we were having, many of us not having met each other. But he doesn't blog so he doesn't know how relationships develop on the net and how fun it is to meet in person. (As long as you're not being stalked . . . )
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

What a day!

Thanks again SouthernDem for putting this together and for all you do. (Great, diary, btw).

What an honor to hang out with the Beautiful BlueNC women!

I'm looking forward to more to come!

Oh, about the mugs . . .

Mr. DQ fell asleep in the back of the van, so I drove on by . . . We almost bought the ones you pointed out at Dirtworks. But right now, we're trying to unload our possessions, not collect more . . . Sigh.

But, this summer, we will go back when his Mom visits. While she's a sculptor in her own right with bronze statues in DC and elsewhere, she's is fascinated and impressed with anyone who works in clay . . . she'll be in heaven.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

Not everyone was able to visit my fav shop....Holly Hill

at the end of the day, I was finally able to convince SD, Amy and Leslie to go with me and Richard was open. Not a fancy gallery like some, it's just the pottery, stacked on shelves. If anyone gets a chance to visit there, make sure you tell him you're from BlueNC! He loves us!

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"He loves us" --

probably because of the amount of money you spent in his shop. I know. I know. I'm cynical!

Mr. DQ liked the geese and goats. Did you notice how many potteries had cats? Maybe because they know how to navigate around things without knocking them over.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

putting

a dog in a pottery shop just shows poor planning.

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"Keep the Faith"

I'm so sorry I missed this wonderful day.

But there's no way you would have wanted me with you. Not with the delightful [/sarcasm]virus I've dealt with for the past few days. But next year. . .

And I love Holly Hill, too, Mo. Next time you're up that way, visit O'Quinn's. She's got some beautiful stuff, too.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

What do you mean next year?

I'm coming shopping again soon.

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Well bring it on, Sistah.

I'm up for pottery - or any other kind of shopping, or coffee, or talking, or, you know.

Now.

Just to explain - my work takes me in and out of a lot of child care centers, and in contact with a lot of wonderful children, who bless their germy little hands, pass on all kinds of bugs.

Yuck.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Dry heaves and such

don't scare me!

See, there I go talking big again. heh

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SD has the same thing

they are called 2 children of her own. I am sure a couple more germs wont harm her too much.

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"Keep the Faith"

We'll have to make another shopping trip day

I was hoping for the Kiln openings isn't that April 21st?

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We need to see if it's 21st and 22nd

Working for Change has already nixed my plans for that since that's Mecklenburg County's Dem Convention and I have to vote for xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx....that's me not letting the cat out of the bag.

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Than sooner?

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Maybe.....we need to call Turn and Burn

and find out when those donkeys will be ready....see if he'll make more. I know Leslie H wants one.

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Wonder if they make them in blue?

Then we could have an award to give out at BlueNC....hmmmm next problem is what do we give an award for?

I'm thinkin....

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Indeed

Leslie H does want one. ;) Something in a nice royal blue would be marvelous, but the earthy green one fits, too.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I'll call tomorrow and find out when they expect to have them

finished. If I'd been using my noggin I would have taken a picture of the greenware donkeys that were ready to be glazed so you could pick one out. One was on its side and there were two or three others. They weren't quite as goofy as the one Mo found on Saturday but they were still great.



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Just got home, but I want one too.

Back to court in the morning. Pray for me. My stomach has been in a knot for the last few hours just thinking about it. Had to go get some sugar from my grandbaby to make me feel better.

Lovex7

I'm so sorry

I hope it ends sooner rather than later. How'd your listing go?

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I got the listing

What can I say...they love me. LOL. I have to do the paperwork tonight and take it in to the office in the morning before court. Is this a test? If it is, how am I doing?

Lovex7

Just fine, Love

Just fine.

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Always Lovey.....

nothing sweeter than grandbabies....just put a few lumps of THAT sugar in you happy place and go there when things gettin bad in court

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I'm feeling much better

and very sad that I couldn't be with you.

I wish I had been - but you wouldn't have wanted me. Honest.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Good

hearing you're on the mend, lcloud!!! That virus sounds nasty. I'm a firm believer in chicken soup. ... if you can keep it down. (Hope gcloud didn't get the crud, too.)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."