Jewel Hudson’s description of pottery-making sounds intriguing enough to want to try it. “It’s like Christmas every time you open the kiln after the final firing,” she said with her sparkling smile. “You can use the same clay, the same glaze and fire it in the same way, yet the coloring comes out different. There are also endless color combinations of clays and glazes you can use, so every piece is truly unique.”
The Westmoreland County Museum in association with the Inn at Montross will host Hudson’s first pottery show ever for a month opening July 9 with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and wine and refreshments next door at the Inn.
Hudson is a 1982 Colonial Beach High School grad with Reamy ancestors who first came to the Nomini Creek in the 1600s. She took her first pottery lessons from Sheila Ford in 2009 with a few family members and a dear friend of 40 years, Fran Harris, who passed away this February. “We had a blast,” Husdon recalled. “Sheila has a great classroom setting—free-flowing, not too structure — and her favorite saying is, ‘We’ve got options’ when things don’t go just as planned.” To prove the point she pulled out her very first piece of wheel pottery, a small “rustic” pitcher that she’d intended to be a vase, noting with her infectious laugh, “rustic is what we call things when they don’t turn out exactly right.”