Linda and four of her fellow potters were invited to participate in ClayEdge 2007 Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, NSW Australia in April of 2007. They were referred to as ‘the Claynadians’.
After the conference they traveled south to Canberra and Melbourne and back to Sydney. Some snorkeling on the reef before flying back to Vancouver.
Janet Mansfield, who passed away in 2013, was gracious enough to host them at her farm outside of Gulgong. One of their activities was to divide into teams and each build and fire a kiln. This is Linda and Sharon Reay’s entry.
Arriving at Gulgong and the conference. It was a 3 day event with speakers and demonstrations.
Owen Rye also gave them a tour of his studio.
They landed at Sydney, rented a car and started their road trip by heading west into the Blue Mountains and eventually to Gulgong and the conference. They stopped at potter’s along the way. Paul Davis gave them a tour of his studio including his kiln.
Linda and her friend Colleen Wood traveled to Turkey for the month of September 1997.
The oldest civilizations have the best food.
Linda got to try her hand throwing on a kick wheel.
Stopping at potter’s studios and galleries along the way. Gallipoli, Izmir, Ephesus, Kusatasi, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara, Avanos and back to Istanbul.
From Istanbul they toured the country via bus.
Along with 200 other participants, Linda arrived at the University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona in July of 1996.
Inspecting their wares after the firing. Linda also returned in 2006 for the 20 + 1 years of the tozan kiln.
Lots of extra heat to add to the natural heat of Arizone in July.
The firing lasted throughout the night.
They divided into 5 groups in order to fire all 5 kilns simultaneously. Linda chose the tozan kiln.
They brought bisqued pots with them to fire in one of 5 kilns.
Linda went with friend and potter Chris Defreda to discover some of India in March of 1990.
Visiting potters along the way, back to New Delhi to fly home.
They traveled to Jaipur, Jodhpor, Jasisaimer, east to Agra and the Taj Mahal.
. . to pottery.
Lots of outside markets selling everything from soup . .
Travelling by planes, trains and automibles they left New Delhi and headed south-west t Rahasthan and Thar Desert where they got to ride camels.
We flew to Paris, picked up our rental car and headed down the east coast into Spain. We had the month of August to do a circle tour of the country.
We ended the trip in Barcelona taking in the sights of the city. Including some of Gaudi’s work made with pottery shards.
They would produce hundreds of the same products.
Linda tried her hand at throwing bowls from the hump. One employee would sit and throw bowls from the hump all day long.
Most of the smaller towns had one pottery factory where they did everything from digging and processing their own clay to producing, firing, decorating, selling and shipping.
The plan was to take secondary roads and tour the smaller towns stopping at the potterieas and buying a collection of plates.
Linda’s 1st trip pertaining to pottery was to Peru in February of 1983.
A market in Cuzco.
The concise stone fitting was apparently designed to be earthquake proof. One theory was that they make stone replicas from clay to fit and then copied the pottery out of stone.
Starting from the town of Cusco she climbed Mount Machu Piccho to study the ancient pottery and architecture of the Inca civilization.
To Nazca and a flight in a small plane to see the different configurations.
After flying to Lima Linda toured south along the coast to Paracus stopping at potter’s studio and galleries along the way.