The finale

I am leaving Vancouver Island tomorrow morning. I had one thing left to do, and I can’t believe how close I came to deciding I had run out of time so should skip my trip to ‘Chosin Pottery. Metchosin  is a tiny town, about 30 minutes from Victoria, and is the home of one of my pottery heroes, Robin Hopper.

Oh, did I hit it right. First, there was absolutely nobody else in the studio. Second, I made it clear from the first minute I was there as a potter, not a customer. My conscience was clear that I would not be buying anything. But I had over an hour of undivided time, talking pottery with one of the most successful potters in Canada. He’s written six books (I own four), starred in three videos (I own one), and his health ran out just before he hit 200 workshop presentations.

Robin Hopper is not only a super-talented and accomplished potter, he is a charming, generous and entertaining man. He took me through his samples on his latest passion, glaze painting on the same material they use on the space-shuttle heat tiles. The images cannot convey the translucent quality of this work, but you can get an idea. See them here.

To get in a walk, we stopped at a small park with a lagoon, and the ocean on the other side of a tiny bit of land. I have a story in the pictures of how Kenna was bullied by a swan. Really!

My time on Vancouver Island is quickly coming to an end. It has been a good run, and I am truly grateful to have had the chance to get to know this city and this island quite well. I’ll miss it. I am looking forward to getting home, but I now get why people move here. If I was completely unencumbered (my ties to family are by choice, I know, but they are still very real), I would consider finding a corner of this island I could afford. As it is, I am pretty sure I will be back. After all, once you spend all that time and work getting to know a place, it’s a waste if you don’t use that knowledge again.

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