Sunday, April 19, 2009
QUYLE KILNS, A CLYMER PRESS, POTTERY, WATERCOLORS, ART GLASS, AND OTHER TREASURES
A trip to the Mother Lode Community of Murphys wouldn't be complete without stretching up Highway 4, just above town, to Quyle Kilns. Pottery isn't the only attraction at Quyles. Pam Quyle's showroom has watercolors, glass art, jewelry, the work of other potters, pounded copper, and various other wonders. Pam is a most congenial and knowledgeable hostess and central to the showroom is a George Clymer Printing Press, one of a huge collection on the property.
Clymer, an American Mechanic invented the Columbian Printing Press, basically, an iron, lever operated, and more efficient replacement for the wooden Gutenberg Press. He chose to decorate the press with eagles and serpents and other additions to set it apart from competitor's presses.
Besides the Clymer, photos above show an unusual color glaze and a second firing glaze batch ready for the kiln.
Delores Quyle, Pam's sister, and her husband, Stewart Mast, have fine wines and a tasting room nearby. You can't miss being entertained and enchanted by the talents of the Quyle family.