I bought this piece, one of my favorites in my collection, at Gallery 2 in Enterprise, AL, sometime before 1991. I remember falling in love with this piece and frantically hoping they would not sell it before I had purchased their few pieces of Susan Brown Freeman that I just could not live without, especially that centerpiece bowl!
I kept the card with this potter's name for a long time, stored in the piece of pottery. Over time, as I grabbed this favorite piece off of the shelf to use for flowers or utensils or peas or so many, many more serving uses, I failed to put the card back in the pottery basket. So now, I don't know who made this piece or where I can find his studio or more of his work.
The signature and my memory tell me this was made by a man, but I may be wrong. I'm pretty sure Gallery II only sold pottery made by potters in residence in Alabama, so Potter "Zoro" is probably, hopefully, still throwing pots somewhere in Alabama.
If you can read his signature or if you are familiar with this potter, PLEASE let me know. I very much want more of his work! (Hmmmnnn, have I not said that about every potter I have shown you so far?)
If you happen to know where the shop moved or if you know Mary and Ed Goff, the owners, please let me know.
I miss those Alabama days when I could leave the stress of the workday at the shop door and walk around that shop, absorbing the work of so many talented artists!. The store was a renovated turn-of-the-century house, and I can just "see" the rooms filled with beautiful pottery and art glass. Happy, happy memories!
Did you see these other blog posts about potters whose work I collect?
Tab Boren, Mantachie, MS
Susan Brown Freeman, Birmingham, AL
Darlene Clifton Keith, Mentone, AL
Fran Myers, Summerville, GA
Mississippi Mud Works, Ocean Springs, MS