Throwback Thursday: Acoma Pottery and a Drive Across the Country

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

Throwback Thursday:

Acoma Pottery and a Drive Across the Country

 

Acoma lizard pottery

 

When we moved from the Boston area to Carlsbad, CA in April 2005 we made the decision to drive.

 

Part of the rationale was needing to get 2 cats from point A to point B (one of whom was about 19 years old - no vet would sign a health certificate for this cat to fly).

 

We had to move out of our Cambridge, MA home and, while the new place in Carlsbad was ready, the movers were going to take about 8 days to get our household goods and another car across the country.

 

It was a perfect opportunity to visit some family along the way in NY,  OH, and AZ, and see some places we'd never been...like the Grand Canyon, and the Roadkill Cafe on Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona (this was not a destination but one of those places you just stumble upon).

 

Part of the fun was spending a day and night in Santa Fe, NM. As art collectors, and former art gallery owners, it was a special place to enjoy another day, visit a bunch of galleries, and of course acquire yet another piece of art for our collection.

 

This signed pottery by well-known Acoma artists Louis and Nadine Mansfield is a special piece - I won't tell you what we paid for it! It resides on a bookshelf in our master bedroom and serves as a reminder of that 8-day drive. Apart from that it's also just a pretty cool piece.

Comments (22)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Jeff Dowler, CRS whatever you paid for that piece, it's worth it.... I think it's beautiful ....

Jun 05, 2020 03:28 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. A nice piece for sure. And it comes with once in a lifetime memories. Enjoy your day!

Jun 05, 2020 04:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I think it's a beautiful piece of art. I never went to Sante Fe but it has been on my bucket list. I heard about the wonderful artisans. Your pottery is very unique!

I had to laugh at your story about your cat. My daughter faced a similar challenge moving out of the USA. The airlines wanted to put her pet down below with luggage. She ended up paying for an extra seat to store her kitty underneath. All for the love of pets, all for the love of pets...

Jun 05, 2020 04:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff... I love pottery and can see why this particular piece appealed to you. New Mexico is certainly a haven for artists of every medium. My 98 year-old aunt, who is an artist, lives in NM... and she painted and exhibited into her 80's.

Jun 05, 2020 05:18 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That sounds like a really fun road trip!  I have not stumbled upon the Road Kill Cafe, but I will have to keep an eye out for it.

Jun 05, 2020 05:48 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - because of Brian England comment about Roadkill Cafe, I Googled it and found lots of photographs! I can understand why you would stop. It has to be one of Ripley's Believe it or Not most famous pit stops on Route 66. 

Jun 05, 2020 05:58 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 


Well we DID just stumble upon it and it was pretty amazing. I wish I had taken photos. Definitely an icon in the area.


 

Jun 09, 2020 09:02 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Jeff, your Acoma pottery piece is marvelous. I'm sure that reminder of your cross-country adventure brings back a flood of memories. 

Jun 05, 2020 06:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff,

What a beautiful piece of Acoma pottery you shared with us.  I can understand why you love it.

We both love pottery and both studied with the Wine Country Master potter.  We even produced some decent pieces that we use on a daily basis...

Jun 05, 2020 11:03 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff that is very different piece.  Are you sure you don't want to tell us how much you paid for it???

Jun 05, 2020 02:32 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks Laura Cerrano  We fell in love with it when we first saw it.

I love watching that show James Dray  This was not a bargain for sure but something we really wanted at the time.

Jeff

Jun 05, 2020 03:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you Barbara Todaro It was something we HAD to have...which is part of the fun of collecting, but also a potential hazard to the wallet.

Jeff

Jun 05, 2020 04:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Wayne Martin  It was a memorable trip in many ways. We have yet to get back to Santa Fe!

Jeff

Jun 05, 2020 04:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeff- What an interesting piece of pottery!!! I love Santa Fe and the wonderful art that is in the area. I think it's very special when you have a piece of artwork that reminds you of your travels. 

Jun 05, 2020 07:30 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

If you love art Santa Fe IS a place to visit. We did not have alot of time to enjoy but it is on the list for a return visit.

The airline told us we would HAVE to have a vet certificate and we knew that was not happening.

When we relocated from MN to Boston in 1991 we also ran into a problem since it was too cold in MN and the airlines would not take pets (our 2 cats). We drove to OH to my wife's brother's house and then flew from there. Not the kinds of things you usually think about when relocating!

Jeff

Jun 05, 2020 09:16 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Jeff Dowler, CRS - A visit to Santa Fe definitely sounds even more intriguing! 


Pets are family too! You had some very interesting experiences when it came to moving and relocating. Based upon your story about the "vet certificate," and the inconvenience of transporting pets to other states and your solutions, it almost sounds like pets need passports too! 


This would make a great blog post for you to write to hear what others have experienced too. 

Jun 06, 2020 04:35 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It was quite the trip, for a number of reasons, Lottie Kendall . The pottery is something we love, but also cherish because of how it was acquired. Wish we could have met the artists as we have been able to do with many of our works of art.

Jeff

Jun 05, 2020 09:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What fun Ron and Alexandra Seigel !

I don't have that level of artistic talent, but I can certainly appreciate it. Hope you will share some photos!

Jeff

Jun 05, 2020 09:19 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yep I'm sure George Souto  But thanks for asking!

Enjoy your weekend!

Jeff

Jun 05, 2020 10:57 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy Streib 

We have often bought pieces of art when traveling. And it's even better when you can meet and talk with the artist!

Jeff

Jun 05, 2020 11:01 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, that is a very cool piece, and bet it was a pretty penny.   I enjoy road trips, you can find so many interesting places to stop and explore.

Jun 06, 2020 07:16 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joan Cox 

Thanks so much. Santa Fe has been on the list of places to visits for years so the move west was a great opportunity. And it's still on the list for a return trip!

Jeff

Jun 06, 2020 04:38 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Santa Fe is a beautiful city, and stayed both going and returning from Sedona in December to visit the Sperrys.   

Jun 06, 2020 04:53 PM