Saturday, March 20, 2010

M Likes Gin

I know people say it all the time, but it really is a small world. I was at a small art show here in south Florida, always on the look out for new artist. I found an amazing potter from Michigan, Miles Stearn. He throws and handbuilds pretty shapes, but it's his glazes that put his work over the top. Really wonderful, luscious colors. I know, a bit over the top, but I said it...luscious. Miles doesn't have a website or blog, and from our conversation, isn't interested in having one, so you'll just have to check his work out on our site. But this post isn't really about Miles, it's about how small the world is.

My mother, who was with me, is originally from Michigan. While Miles is from lower Michigan, my mother is from the upper peninsula. Now, if you don't know what the upper peninsula of Michigan is, I'm not particularly surprised. Time Magazine once left it off the map of the US, including it in Canada. The village she's from has a population of less than 900 and the entire county has a population of about 36,000.

During our conversation, Miles mentions that one of the few galleries he sells his work to is in my mom's home town. My mom looks at me as says, "I wonder if it's the gallery M works in?" M is her cousins wife, a piano teacher who works part-time in a small gallery and has a preference for dry Beefeater martini's. Miles, who was busy packing up my purchases, looked up at us, smiles and said, "I know M. M likes gin!" Yes Miles, you do know M.

So, you see, it really is a small world, and now you all know...M likes gin!

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