Originally from Miami, FL, I developed an interest in pottery after writing a couple of stories on potters for The Enquirer Journal in Monroe, NC. I settled in the area in the 1980s, covering Seagrove for the Courier-Tribune in Asheboro. I stepped behind the potter's wheel full time in 1986, when I opened up WILD ROSE POTTERY in Whynot, just south of Seagrove. I now own and operate FROM THE GROUND UP, just south of Seagrove. I also play Irish flute.
I am honored to be sending this platter to my flute maker, Patrick Olwell, and his new wife, in Nellysford, Va. I have a friend in Ireland who plays traditional Irish flute among other instruments, and he plays one of Patrick's flutes. He got a group of Irish musicians to go in together on the wedding gift, a 16-inch platter, decorated with one of my handmade tree stamps, and stained with red iron. If you happen to be into traditional Irish music, you might recognize some of the names on the back.