Blog :: 10-2017

In Search of Fulfillment: FireMoss Pottery

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For Justin Allman, there is a delicate dance graced in the presence of now and the whisper of unfulfilled dreams. His hands mold shapes and surfaces, while his mind breathes existence into his stories of art.

The potter blends the emotional reflection of Japanese art with the sovereign richness surrounding Western North Carolina, creating characterized pieces. Justins inspired personal style is meant to draw emotion and be representative of a place you are, and a place you have dreamed of being.

The resemblance to Japanese pottery art - from 1550 AD to modern times, intimately connects with that of modern North Carolina art. His passion for culture is showcased in his degree in history, deeply invested in the studies of Chinese and Japanese days of old. Intertwining inherited and unforgiving times past of Japan and North Carolina, the two styles fuse, capturing the eye and the heart.

My work represents struggle. Nothing new when it seems to be in the sense of art. However, mine represents the struggle of every single man, woman, and child. Natural scenes of a snake in a patch of rhododendrons represents its daily struggle to feed itself and protect itself from other predators. We are no different every day we struggle, work, fight, and push to survive in our world. I want people to remember that fight, by seeing my work and to never let go of their dreams and to keep fighting, Justin expressed.

Justin Allmans studio, Firemoss Pottery, is in Cashiers, North Carolina. From hand-building to wheel-throwing, his techniques provide his guests with a variety of ceramic mugs. Sipping from one of his coffee mugs, his desire is you will be reminded of how full your cup truly is. A metaphor for life, and how fulfilled you choose to be.

Choosing to live among the magic of Cashiers and Highlands, after graduating from the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers, Justin Allman enjoys being part of the local artistic community. He and his family vacationed here for 27 years, naturally drawing him back to the serenity.

Justins touch personalizes each artistic treasure, differentiating each mug, vase, sponge holder, bowl, drink mixer, plate, and more.

He offers private lessons, kiln parties, and two carving workshops a year to teach his technique. For more information, visit his website at firemosspottery.com.

FireMoss Pottery 107 Lance Rd. Cashiers, NC 28171 239-331-0054

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BMW Performance Center is your personal danger zone.

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Are you ready for an afternoon thrill? If you like your hands behind the wheel and want to take an engine to its limits with no fear of blue lights in the rear-view mirror? Make your way to the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Your day begins with the basics by getting to know your instructor and the cars. Professional drivers provide insight into each of the BMW vehicles. You quickly graduate to a course designed to challenge your skills, where you learn how to properly maneuver the vehicles around obstacles.

At the performance center you are encouraged to test the brakes-stopping on a dime on a wet track, or open up the engine from zero to sixty in under five seconds. The course not only tests the limits of the car, it will test yours. This bucket list experience is a great day or two escape from the Plateau.

My favorite part of the day was the timed lap race in the M240i. Speed, cut corners, but dont knock over the cones, all while trying to beat your friends times to earn bragging rights. If you apply your skills, you could win the best time of the day. I finished in 24.3 seconds, and I challenge you beat it.

What cars do you get to experience and test drive to the max?

BMW M240i Horsepower: 320 Torque: 330 lb-ft Weight: 3,535 lbs 0-60: 4.6 seconds

BMW 340i Horsepower: 320 Torque: 330 lb-ft Weight: 3,695 lbs 0-60: 4.6 seconds

BMW 650i Horsepower: 445 Torque: 480 lb-ft Weight: 4,275 lbs 0-60: 4.3 seconds

BMW X3 Horsepower: 300 Torque: 300 lb-ft Weight: 4,230 lbs 0-60: 5.3 seconds

BMW X5 Horsepower: 300 Torque: 300 lb-ft Weight: 4,680 lbs 0-60: 6.1 seconds

The excitement and laughter alone is worth it. The fun of skidding around a circular wet track and nearly losing control of the car is a rip-roaring blast. When you understand the type of car you are driving, your insight into speed, braking, lane-changing, and taking fast corners brings your driving skills and entertainment to a whole new level.

Whether youre with your buddies or your spouse, this experience is something you wont soon forget. The center also offers corporate retreats. A little healthy competition and fun is always good for office morale. With an onsite cafe offering options for every diet, you are well taken care of during your day-long adventure.

Want to try your skills off-road instead? The two-day driving school provides you the opportunity to pilot the X vehicles through various terrain obstacles and adverse conditions you may not think the cars (or you) can handle.

Sometimes you just need to step on the gas pedal and get out there. Open it up, channel your inner race car driver and show them what youre made of. If youre ready for acceleration, perhaps its time to cross racing off your bucket list.

If you find yourself wanting more, test your hand at the M School Experience, where you only drive the M Series vehicles; its an experience guaranteed to quench your thirst for speed.

Warning: You could get hooked.

P.S. - If you have a new driver in your family, they also offer a driving school for teens!

All drivers classes start at $849.

BMW Performance Driving School 1155 SC-101 Greer, SC 29651 1-888-345-4BMW bmwperformancecenter.com