An 18-year veteran of the newspaper business, during which he did everything from cover the crime beat at the Schenectady Gazette to write editorials for The Berkshire Eagle, Bellow lived the life of the ink-stained scribe.
Hovering in the background, though, was the affection for his longtime artistic outlet — pottery — he’d harbored since his days lingering in the pottery studio at high school.
“Even though I’m a good writer, my true expression is nonverbal, and even non-representational,”
“It feels so right that really there’s no point in arguing with it. It’s what I do, it’s what I am,” he says.
Bellow uses porcelain, which offers a clean white surface to take glaze, but is a notoriously temperamental clay. He fires everything in a hand-built, brick-lined kiln in his back yard.
“I get up in the morning and I’m out there, joyfully, getting it done.”