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Chris Cooley's Pottery Hobby Has Become An Obsession

This via Mike Wise's excellent feature on Chris Cooley's pottery-making kicking into high gear with an art show coming in Leesburg on Friday and the NFL lockout in full swing.

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Working the clay carefully in his meat-hook hands as the wheel rotates in his pottery room at home, Cooley, who looks as if he has been laying dry wall all day in his clay-caked clothes and arms, takes about 20 minutes to form a meticulously round and wide vase. He estimates he has made 350 pieces the past three weeks in anticipation of his first public showing Friday night at the gallery.

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"I think I've made about 700 pieces since Dec. 3," he said.

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That's 17 pieces a day for the last three days. I think Cooley will be just fine figuring out what to do with his time during a long NFL lockout.

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