Some weekends just sort of slide by unnoticed. You go back to work on Monday and can’t come up with a decent answer when asked, “What did you do this weekend?” This was not one of those weekends. This weekend I got to share the joy of excellence–twice.
First I watched my wife join more than 23,000 runners in completing the Marine Corps Marathon, with Hurricane Sandy breathing down her neck.
I’d rather spin a lump of clay on my wheel than lace up my Nike’s and take a spin around the track, so I’m amazed by these excellent athletes who put in long hours training to run the 26.2 mile race.
Then we headed over to The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on Capital Hill and reveled in the excellence of some of our nation’s most gifted potters.
The mastery of Dan Finnegan and Ryan Greenheck blew me away. These potters and the others represented at the show put in long hours in their studios, achieving the excellence that many craftspeople hope to emulate.
Spectators at the pottery show we more subdued than the cow-bell-ringing crowd at the marathon. There were also fewer people milling about the Hill Center than there were lining the streets of the race. But everyone who came to see the pottery at the First Annual Pottery on the Hill show had to be inspired by the excellence. I’ll be back next year, maybe with my cow-bell.