This weekend I finally made it over to Baltimore Clayworks’ annual Seconds Sale in Mt. Washington. Some of the pieces were nearly flawless, clearly overstocks and donations. But even the obvious seconds — misshapen, with drips of glaze — had an appealingly hand-wrought quality. They offered a glimpse into process, a touchpoint. Given that I always want to touch the pieces at ceramic exhibits, at this sale, I touched nearly everything. It felt nice to move through that airy space, letting the ceramics’ shapes fill my hands, feeling that variety of heft and texture.
If you haven’t been before, mark your calendars for next summer. A fundraiser for Clayworks, the sale includes seconds, overstock, and pieces donated by its students. And it includes lots of them. Even on Saturday evening, well into the weekend-long event, there were still tables and shelves packed with great pieces. This sale thrives on its stylistic variety and its (very) low price points.
I wish I’d made it back Sunday night for the end-of-weekend box sale. It would have been great to pick up a couple more pieces.