17 July 2009

94 Year Old Potter!!!


Ray Finch has been inspiring me for more than 30 years and he's still doing so. I finally got over to Winchcombe yesterday and there was the old boy, making vases and cider jars with more clay than he's tackled in some time. The warm weather helps the feeling in his fingers (the winter is cruel for his circulation) and he was really pleased to be challenging himself with some bigger, vertical pots. When he's not feeling as well he makes platters and bowls, but it's great to report that he's still at it. I gave him a hard time about his electric hair drier that he's using to firm up a pot...he gave me a mischevious smile and carried on. We'll spend more time next week. They will be firing the wood kiln Monday so I'l be visiting then.

6 comments:

Ron said...

Thanks for sharing Dan. Good to see Ray still making.

jimgottuso said...

amazing, clay keeps you young

Michael Kline said...

Wow, gives me pause to think about making pots 50 years from now!! It's inspiring!

Hollis Engley said...

I thought Ray had given up clay. It's great to see him at the wheel, still making big pots.

Anna said...

So glad to have a picture in my head for when you speak so glowingly of Ray!

Incognito said...

Inspiring story; thanks!