Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Tight End Happy to Have Hands of Clay

LEESBURG, Va. — On the football field, Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley likes to throw his body at defenders, as he did on a go-ahead touchdown Sunday at Jacksonville. But in his suburban house, he prefers throwing pottery — that is, making bowls, mugs and vases.

“Be really careful — they’ll break,” Cooley told a recent visitor who touched a clay bowl that was drying on a table in his basement studio.

Most pieces go to his new gallery here, but this bowl was part of a gift set for his wife, Christy, a former Redskins cheerleader. Until the clay is cooked in a kiln, it is too delicate to handle.

At 6 feet 3 inches and 250 pounds, Cooley is seemingly the opposite of fragile. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and a fan favorite and news media darling for his on-field grit and off-field antics.

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To Chris Cooley, I totally admire what you do and how you got to were you are is a great mark on Powell, WY. Which is my home town as well. I love that you are into pottery. You are a great role model, especially for my son who is 21 and will be soon graduating with a music major in music education from Shepherd University, just down the road from DC. He hopes to be a Jazz artist and recording artist and who know maybe the next big thin from Powell, WY. Thank you for the inspiration.

Hubby bought me a coffee cup from your Gallery today for my 40th birthday!!! Bought one that you signed and then fired the signature... but was told you will be there soon for signing & I could stop by & get you to sign it as well!!! Think I might do just that! Loved your worked... vases were awesome! :)

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