Many of you already know of my mom's pottery talents. Yes, indeedy, she is GIFTED in the art of "mud squishing" (as Sophie used to call it).
What you may not know is that, thanks to my handy dad, she now has a snazzy showroom to display her gorgeous pieces - which will open at the end of this month.
I have to admit (if honesty is the policy), I'm a little sad that she has "gone public" with her hobby. Her selling stuff kind of gets in the way of my little greed problem.
Before, whenever I would come home to visit, whatever I would ooo! and ahh! over was mine to keep. I would point and she would smile and modestly say, "You like it? ...You can have it." Much to my exuberant delight, she would then proceed to wrap it up and hand it over. Just like that! I would then squirrel my lucky find away in my room, usually behind my suitcase, in case anybody else (ahem, Annie...Lisa!) might want to declare their love for it as well.
However, in the spirit of not hoarding, I'm attempting to work on the whole "thou shall not covet" thing and be happy that others can reap the benefits of her talent. Mom says I've "run out of room, anyway". Ha! Surely she jests. That is so NOT a problem. I will MAKE room. In fact, we are in the process of drawing up plans to add a whole wall of built-in shelves to our upstairs bonus room...pretty much for the sole purpose of fixing the out-of-room issue. Presto! Problem fixed! Bring on the pots!!
Still. I know. Sharing with a happy heart - that's what Jesus would want me to do. So share, I shall.
Except for this piece.
Anybody who purchases it will be hunted down and thrash... Uh, I mean, congratulated on their ability to spot a winner of a pot. Seriously, peeps, see all of those little etchings on the rim, under the lid? Those are all individually detailed by hand. Each.little.one. Then each segment was hand-trimmed and cleaned. It's really amazing how many hours go into making one piece. There's no way I would have the patience for that. Nope.
This cute little dude is for sale in mom's shop. ...But not really. Secretly, it's mine. And probably, eventually, it really will be mine - considering the price I put on the tag on the bottom of it when mom wasn't looking. (No, I'm not proud of myself.)
All of her pieces are wheel-thrown. They are high-fire and mid-fire stoneware, as well as low-fire earthenware. She uses commercially prepared glazes, which are applied by hand. Most of the decorative glaze results are achieved through a process of multi-layering and hand detailing.
Every piece is one of a kind and, seriously, the pictures do not do them justice. They are even more beautiful up close.
Anyone who is interested in making an appointment to see her studio or who would like to inquire about the pieces pictured on her blog, can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on her site.