Barber's PotteryMonday, February 27, 2006
Just as we arrived at Natural Bridge (yesterday's post), Av and I had been talking about how this coming weekend is the Jerry Brown Arts Festival in Hamilton, Alabama, where there will be somewhere around 35 different artisans from Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee showing their work. The festival's namesake, Jerry Brown, is a 9th generation potter, and I have one of his chicken pots (here) that I use to make Turbodog Chicken.
Sometimes it takes a long time and many of G-d's Blessings to accomplish what you have wanted to do since childhood. Morris Barber spent many hours as a child making his toys from clay. After raising four children and working 29 years as a machinist, his dream finally became a reality. At age 71, he built his first potter's wheel from the gear box of a cotton picker. He spent hours through trial and error to fulfill his childhood dream of making things from clay. his message to anyone, young or old, is to never give up on a dream. It's never too late to do what you have always wanted to do.