Lily Pad Bowl

Lily Pad Bowls are some of my favorite bowls to make. I make two versions in a few different shapes and sizes – one for the dinner table (great for salads and pasta), and another as functional art for the garden (a birdbath or birdfeeder), mounted on a copper pole. The copper picks up the color of the mulch and the green glaze blends in naturally with the surroundings.

“Hobbit Hole” in Print

I was very excited to learn that one of my birdhouses made it into Boston Magazine’s spring HOME edition, in a department called “A Perfect Ten”. I knew there was a chance, but wasn’t sure it would really happen. To my surprise, someone at a show this past weekend told me they had seen it, so I rushed out the next morning and bought a couple of copies of the publication. I love that the magazine called my birdhouse a “hobbit hole”. That’s exactly what it looks like to me, although I never would have come up with that name on my own. I’ve been busy today, photographing and getting a few of these up on my Etsy store, just in case someone wants one. What fun!

The Beauty of Fine Craft

stack of black bowls

Not that these bowls live up to it, but I do think about the aspects of what’s considered a fine craft whenever I’m at work in the clay studio – and which is described so beautifully by the following quote:

Fine craft is a matter of equilibrium. To produce an object that is pleasurable and practical, all forces must strike a balance. A form that expresses its function, a beauty that is conveyed through use, a process that understands the nature of materials: these are the traditional standards of fine craft. In day-to-day living, well crafted objects lend grace to simple actions. To sip coffee or tea from a cup that is good to hold, to choose fruit from a bowl that is a delight to see, to arrange flowers in a vase that inspires but does not intrude, appeals to the eye as well as the soul. Well crafted objects serve and please. But, more than that, they encourage us to hold the moment, elevating daily rituals to sensory experiences. – Charles Jahn

notes from the clay studio

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