10.11.2009

13 years and counting


Joey and I celebrated out 10th anniversary this weekend. We had a wonderful weekend just the two of us eating great food, enjoying the city, taking in a low-budget play and just being with each other with no computers, clay demands, kid issues or house chores anywhere around us for about 24 hours.

Joey and I dated for 3 years before we were married. In fact, when I got back from my concentration at Penland, Joey said to me, "I think we should get married". I guess absence does make the heart grow fonder and we went looking for a ring and set the date.

One evening when I was at that concentration a man by the name of Paulus Berensohn ,who has a long history at Penland, came and read some poems to the students. I can't say that I have ever really cared for poetry but one poem he read caught my attention and I found myself tracking him down those weeks to see if he would make me a copy of it. I guess at the time I was missing Joey and this poem just reminded me of him. Incidentally, Paulus has a wonderful book called Finding One's Way with Clay and it is a great book about pinch pots and how to give those vessels back to the earth after you have created them.

Joey and I used the poem on the last page of our wedding program and I keep this copy that Paulus wrote for me in the back of our wedding album.
Tomorrow I'll be back in my clay studio. I'm trying some new porcelain! Exciting stuff.......

6 comments:

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Happy anniversary! I just celebrated my 24th, the big 25 coming up next June I guess. Love the poem, isn't it amazing what we come away from Penland with?

Michael Kline said...

Congratulations!

Whwn I saw the picture and the handwriting, I thought to myself, "this looks like Paulus' beautiful hand writing! I saw Paulus yesterday at the Potter's Market in Spruce Pine. He still inspires many of the artists who come to the Penland School!

Jen Mecca said...

Hey Michael!
Yes, I was very surprised when I asked him for a copy of that poem that he took so much time to write it out like that for me. He seemed like a lovely man.
Jen

jimgottuso said...

lovely poem... i can see why it inspired you. did this paulus write it from memory when he transcribed it for you? i've always admired people who are able to memorize passages that have meant alot to them

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

soooooo cute!

Scott Smith said...

Happy 10th to you both!