I can always help with carpooling. On Wednesday Linda Banner and I went together. We had a great time getting lost. We rarely get to see each other so traveling in the car is just like sitting on the couch "visiting". So if you ever want to go to Clay Club and think it is too far let me know because I will probably already be driving and you can just join in.
I know that some people think we have Clay Club in far away places and that is a hardship. "It was too far". But, for the record, I will have Clay Club anywhere someone offers. It is a gift to be able to go. And there is no substitute for going to see someone's studio. Photos don't do it. Doc was great and we met his wife and the majestic horse as well as the three kilns, all his pots, we had an informal "guess whose pot", etc. Some of the most memorable Clay Clubs were outside of Mitchell County! Imagine that.
I am reminded of my Judo instructor who talked about his teacher and how he would take three buses to get there and it took two hours. Then he had to take 3 buses home. He said that there was no substitute for getting instruction from the best. Sometimes we have to make an effort and put ourselves out, be uncomfortable and struggle to get the reward. And sometimes there is no reward. It might suck but it is worth the risk.
So any offers on the next Clay Club venue? We can have it at my studio anytime!