By W.R. Jones
This bowl and pitcher, a gift from a friend, is a souvenir from Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, our third president. I thought I was finished but I think I might paint out the spot of light at the tip of the key. I was using a mag light with a white LED to produce a highlight and can’t decide if I want it or not.
When I was at Monticello I found it hard but interesting to imagine that there really were family and slaves living there. We are so removed from the food chain now it is difficult to realize the effort it took to feed, shelter, and clothe a large group – just survive, let alone prosper. But the data on Jefferson that has stuck with me since the visit is that at his death he owed more money than the entire government. So even with or perhaps because of all those slaves, he was not so much good at making money as he was at borrowing it. A sort of early day Donald Trump.