After the benefit run/walk, we set out for the three hour drive home with the W.M. Hewitt Pottery on our route. It was fairly easy to find and not out of the way at all, and I wondered to myself why I hadn’t gone there before now. The pottery is quaintly situated at the end of a long road with a pond and several acres of land. The Hewitt home is adjacent to the two barns; one that serves as the studio and the other as the gallery. The shelter houses the kilns; two large and one small. Being there made me appreciate the rustic and simplistic lifestyle that usually accompanies North Carolina potters.
The sun had gone behind the clouds and it was cold and serene. We walked around, looking at the kilns, pots, gallery and the studio. Refreshments of different cheeses, crackers, apple cider and coffee were available inside the studio. There were several patrons roaming the grounds and buying things. A few people were talking to Mark when I was near, and so I never had a chance to approach him. I’m not sure what I would have said anyway, but actually seeing him was good enough. The jar I purchased is made by Mark’s apprentice Joseph Sand. I’m not disappointed that I wasn’t able to ‘afford’ something of Mark’s, but owning Joseph’s work is just as special.
Below is a photo essay of the visit. All in all…it was a very good day.