“A Table Shared”, the theme for this fall’s Potters Place show and sale, inspired me to think about the conversations we share at our family table based on the answers to “What did you do today?” This round platter(above), oval dish and oblong plate(below) were created after a trip with my husband to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum .
The courtyard with it’s delicate tile patio, the rooms of dark wood filled with paintings, hand painted tiles, tapestries, prints and letters make up this museum that was built to house Mrs Gardner’s vast art collection.
My carved oblong plate has the feel of the interior courtyard, lush with foliage.
Frames without paintings remind the visitor that an art theft took place in this building… “On the night of March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and roamed the Museum’s galleries, stealing thirteen works of art.” This crime remains unsolved and the artwork lost forever.
Detail of exterior decoration that made a lasting impression and influenced the lyrical carving on this oval dish.
I may return to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum soon to view John Singer Sargent’s work again. Mrs Gardner commissioned a portrait and forged a relationship with him as a friend and patron. Just a short walk away is an exhibition of the John Singer Sargent watercolors at the Museum of Fine Arts. The two exhibits are experienced in such a different way. At the Isabella, it is like being in someone’s home where you feel like you get a glimpse inside the life of a great collector. You look at the art as if seeing it through her eyes. That is the conversation that I brought to my family table.
The family table is a place where one can share, learn and connect. It is also a place where functional pottery brings beauty to everyday life.