Vendor Booth #906: John Simons, pottery

John Simons with his blue-ribbon pottery at the Orange County Fair. Courtesy photo.
John Simons with his blue-ribbon pottery at the Orange County Fair. Courtesy photo.

At this year’s Orange County Fair local artisan, John Simons, took the blue ribbon – 1 st prize for his beautiful pottery. His entry was judged on originality, creativity, workmanship and technique, design, finishing and appearance.

Centuries old pottery from various world-wide cultures have been prized for beauty and workmanship. Today’s historians and archeologists using these artifacts can put together a detailed scope of daily living of the many diverse humankind societies.

Nowadays, pottery is generally considered to be containers made from clay. “Pot” is a term used for any number of container forms. Both words derive from the Old English potian, “to push”. Considering how the potter pushes as they throw the clay onto a wheel, it is easy to see how the process got its name.

Featured at the upcoming Cypress Community Festival will be a very colorful selection of Mr. Simons’ pottery. Each piece made by prize-winning hands is unique — stop by at booth #906. The Festival will be held on Saturday, July 28th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

— Article and photo submitted by Eve Wheeler.