ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here

Huckleberries Online

Ex-Solon Crafts New Life w/Feats of Clay

Arizona Daily Star article here, Wally Wright’s Claywrights Web site here

In the “Where Are They Now” Dept., ex-Idaho legislator Wally Wright is hanging out in the Tucson, Ariz., area – making clay teapots. Sounds as though he’s making good ones, too. Wright, as old-timers recall, gained local fame as owner of the Scenic Bay Marina/Bayview during the 1980s-‘90s. When Kootenai County tried to impose a $10 boater fee on out-of-county residents, Wright successfully fought it on behalf of his customers from Spokane and other places. Later, the Democrat served two terms in the Idaho Legislature (1990-94). Djamila Grossman of the Arizona Daily Star caught up with the 68-year-old ex-Navy pilot at his Green Valley home. Seems his wife, Velva, signed Wally up for a basic class at a local clay studio two years ago. And he hasn’t looked back. Reports Grossman: “Late at night, when everyone is sound asleep, Wally Wright’s teapots might start moving. With twisted handles, sharp edges and soft details, some of those clay objects tower two feet toward the ceiling and look nothing like a teapot. People see knights, horses, houses and flowers when they look at them – and the list goes on.” Wally’s work has made waves in his area’s clay community. “Nobody has done this kind of work,” clay artist Dick Lagasca told the Daily Star. Wally has found such a niche that his work will be featured in a gallery show. Of the show, Wright said: “Wherever it leads us, it’s a nice ride and another adventure. It may even make me an artist someday.”


Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Huckleberries Online

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

Find DFO on Facebook

DFO on Twitter

Betsy Russell on Twitter

HBO newsmakers Twitter list

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Huckleberries Online.

Take this week's news quiz ›
Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here