October 23, 2010

Much Needed Vacation

Joseph and I are exhausted.  We were told that a vacation is a requirement in the business of self-employment; take care of your well-being first, your family’s second, and your business last.  Wise words from a wise man, Mark Hewitt.  We decided to take him up on that and made a trek to the glorious mountains in their fall splendor.  It has been so desperately dry this year across the state that the colors, even though they were changing, were seeming a bit dull and crunchy.  But, nevertheless, it was a vacation!


We made a stop to visit our friend, Alex Matisse.  He recently finished the construction of his kiln and had a get-together to celebrate.  It included a pig pickin’ (a southern tradition that I had never been privy to until now) and some other fine delicacies.  He has a beautiful place up in Mars Hill, NC, just outside of Asheville.  Check him out when you get a chance, he writes a fantastic blog and makes beautiful, functional wares.


Alex needed to borrow some muscle, so Joseph was eager to help.



Alex raised this pig on his own property, so we knew we were eatin’ good that night!  Congrats Alex and all the best in your endeavors!


  1. I do exactly the opposite of that very sage advice. It shows. I'm exhausted all the time.

  2. It was great to get away from the pottery, it's been full steam for a year with little time off. I am going to make sure to take more time off in the future, it was great!

  3. Ick on the pig head, but what a great shot of the two of you!! I definitely agree on the vacation thing, you have to renew your spirit!!