Seattle Pottery

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I traveled to Seattle, Washington to check out the impressive clay collection at Seattle Pottery, visit museums, and experience the scenery and culture of the Pacific Northwest.

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I flew Alaskan Airlines and the neon lighting swayed my 80’s baby heart. The mountain ranges were spectacular.

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Seattle’s downtown library is an enormous cage of glass angles, and the vast atrium floods natural light for groups of readers. It’s a futuristic space to get lost in and discover art installations tucked between levels while traveling the illuminated elevators that lead through the 10-story building.

I bought a snow globe that’s a replication of the library. At a reduced scale the impressive structure resembles an abstract bookstack.

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Seattle Pottery sells over forty varieties of low to high-fire clays, and beautifully sculpted tools that’s art in its own right. I chatted with the store owner and learned they knew of Armadillo Clay, Austin’s local ceramics shop.

I purchased a texture comb, slicing tool, and cow’s tongue (a rib for platters and wide bowls) that I’m eager to work with. I also paid for a golden clay, and an iron-oxide rich clay that fires black. Seattle Pottery shipped the two 25-pound bags and I received the package couple of days after my trip.

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Public Market Center is home to the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf, where mongers toss fish in the air and baffle tourists with a rockfish rigged on a string.

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The Chihuly Garden and Glass is a maze of complex forms towering at epic proportions. The Space Needle can been seen in Chihuly’s garden, a coincidental check off my tourist list.

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And what could be more iconic to Seattle than its original Starbucks, complete with a storefront that suggests a bygone era, but is more Instagrammable than not. The lesser-known star sat two shops ahead, Piroshky, Piroshky, a Russian patisserie so sweet one should only whisper its name…

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Dorothy Napangardi’s paintings were recently shown at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, and I recognized her exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. Her prolific application of paint commands a pause. From afar her lines suggests loose landscapes. Up close you’re confronted with the complexity and commitment Napangardi dedicated to each painting. Connecting with her work feels like a shared meditative practice.

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More comical visual experiences can be found in the museum’s cafe, where Bert and Earnie meet. Seattle’s downtown also boasts with whimsically foreboding sculptures on its lower streets.

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