Westwood Artists, (photographer Karen Cagan, fiber artist Kathy Zola and ceramic artist Lisa W B Walker) arrived at Powisset Farm early on August 27th to set up their stations and begin creating art inspired by the farm.
This was the first Makers Day held at Powisset Farm. It included visual artists as well as music (by My Mothers Moustache), performances (scenes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Medfield Gazebo Players), food (baking bread in the kitchen) and interactive kids activities. All artists were inspired by Powisset Farm.
As a ceramic artist, I am inspired by the vegetation that grows at the farm. I gathered herbs and other leaves from the fields, placed them on low fire clay and added colored slips. I love the way the clay captures the texture of a leaf!
I found compositions to create into functional objects in my demonstration … some small dishes and ornaments. My favorite leaves turned out to be a sunflower leaf and a tomato plant’s leafy vine. Other interesting leaves were sage, green bean leaves and parsley.
This collection is still in process, but I will be at the farm with my permanent collection of functional pottery this coming Saturday. My work references nature and leaves; flowers and growth are important elements in my permanent collections. Stop in to say hello and enjoy this beautiful Trustees of the Reservation property.
Pottery Sale ~ Saturday, September 10th ~ 10AM-2PM ~ Powisset Farm ~ Dover, MA
Join me at Powisset Farm this Saturday, June 18th from 10am to 4pm for a Pottery Sale! I will be selling my handmade functional-ware in the big white barn with the red door located at 37 Powissett Road in Dover, Massachusetts. There will be a farm stand open with fresh eggs, Bushel & Crumb pies, Karen Cagan photos of the farm, Lucy two shoes tea towels and all the wonderful veggies grown on the farm.
The leaves are turning; the days are shorter; Fall is in full force. It is a time when we turn our thoughts to making soups and squash pies and slow roasts. We will gather as families and friends for fall events indoors and celebrate Thanksgiving.
Powisset farm has completed it’s summer season and moved onto winter shares. This weekend marks the first winter distribution. What’s in the share: lettuce, lettuce mix, spinach, broccoli/cauliflower, carrots, beets, onions, leeks, garlic, winter squash, gourds, celery, fresh herbs, potatoes, sweet potatoes, hot pepper/tomatillos, radishes & more!
handmade mugs in pretty colors
In the barn alongside the newly picked veggies, Lisa WB Walker and Hog Wild Pottery will sell their collection of handmade functional pottery from 10am until 2pm on Saturday, November 7th. You don’t have to be a member to visit the farm stand and purchase veggies, milk, cheese, eggs and so much more. The tri-town hike is on Saturday and includes Powisset Farm. It’s always a great day at Powisset – come join us at the farm located at 37 Powissett Road in Dover, MA.
Join Lisa WB Walker and Hog Wild Pottery at Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset Street, Dover, MA for Spring Fest on Sunday, May 18th from 10am-3pm. Functional Pottery bringing beauty to your home, farm to table, perfect gift giving and always a story to go along with that one of a kind piece of pottery.
toss with salt and set in a colander to drain for 30 minutes
wash cucumber slices and set in a large shallow bowl
mix 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of cider vinegar together until sugar is dissolved.
Add celery seed and mustard seed – 1 tsp each to sweet syrup
Optional add ins are onions sliced and or celery sliced
Pour syrup over cucumbers so they are submerged in liquid.
Refrigerate overnight – sample in the morning before transferring pickles to smaller jars for storage in your refrigerator
The Food and Pottery Connection for Week 10 ~serve pickles in a favorite bowl from home.
This one was made by a collection of potters during the 50 bowls project at my cooperative studio. I love that so many hands were involved in its creation (including my own!). Knowing the farmers that grow the vegetables and the maker(s) of the bowl is important to our family and makes the connection personal and the very essence of home.
Powisset Farm CSA week eight included beets, basil, tomatoes and sunflowers!
“The sunflower is an annual plant native to the Americas. It … is often used to depict the sun. The plant has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves, and circular flower heads. The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds, often in the hundreds, on a receptacle base.”
Many artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh (painting above) loved the image of the sunflower.
The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas and the national flower of the Ukraine.
It is also the symbol of the vegan society. A “Vegan” is a person who chooses to avoid eating animals or anything associated with them like eggs and dairy.
The top selling cookbook for Vegan recipes is “Veganomicon” There is even a recipe for Sunflower Mac and Cheese (really!).
The Food and Pottery Connection for Week 8 ~ I’m interested in the flowers this week not so much the sunflower recipes; therefore my connection is the vase in which the beautiful flowers go into. Functional pottery created to bring beauty to everyday life.
Pie Share #4 beet and carrot (the best yet!). Pie and a handmade vase full of farm fresh flowers makes the perfect pairing.
Powisset Farm CSA week four included peas (snap and shelling types), garlic scapes, more strawberries and escarole!!
Each share at my CSA includes a distribution in the barn, and a pick your own. One year, it seemed to rain every Tuesday that I picked up so I went out to the field to pick very infrequently. Last year I ventured out to the fields if I wasn’t running late for some reason or another. This year, I’ve been allowing myself a little extra time so I can walk slowly down the dirt road, gaze at the flowers just starting to grow, check out the herb garden, laugh at the big pig in the field,
sneak a peak into the seedling barn
and walk out into the field to pick the fruit and veggies myself.
The Food and Pottery Connection for Week 4 ~
Blanch snap peas, slice raw carrots, radishes and kolrabi and arrange them on a (handmade, please) platter. This colorful collection needs a favorite dip – like ranch or thousand island dressing for the family to nosh on as they await dinner.
Serve on my handmade platter with matching dip bowl. The fruit images on this platter come from pressing images from cloth napkins that belonged to my grandmother. This is a one of a kind piece.