“A Table Shared” thanks to technology

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“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?”

Thanks to technology, namely skype, our family can include our college student in our Sunday dinner discussions. At least a check in around dinnertime each week that allows us to ask, “What did you do today?”

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This is the first year someone in our family has gone off the college. Working through the transition meant creating in clay. The process yielded a table setting for two. The collection is symbolic for the conversations I wanted to have but knew I would have to wait.  The image that inspired the surface decoration came from a carved wooden panel in the high school’s newly renovated dinning area… yet another food and pottery connection.

I started with two plates (pictured above), playing around with the pattern using an under glaze black pen on white clay with a clear glaze. It feels serious and playful at the same time.

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Then I threw a pitcher on the wheel (to fill two hand-carved tumblers). When I decorated the tumblers and pitcher with a final dip of glaze, I included a wash of blue to give the decoration a bit of color.

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A big 10 cup serving bowl will look beautiful filled with a leafy green salad. Smaller bowls mimic the decoration of the tumblers to create a drinking vessel and one bowl set.

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An oblong platter serves food to the table, like bread or an entree for two.

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Square dishes are perfect for appetizers, bread or dessert.  They even make a great coaster.

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As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I look forward to many family meals, sharing the table (without technology) and spending more time answering the question, “What did you do today?”

Top photograph of two plates is by Dave Bradley Photography

Table runner in bottom photograph is by Iris Sonnenschein

Join me tonight for the artist reception at Potters Place annual show and sale.  Doors open at 5:30pm on Friday, November 22nd and close on Sunday, November 24th at 4PM. More info at www.pottersplace.info.

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“A Table Shared” with Isabella

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“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 .

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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.

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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.

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Detail of exterior decoration that made a lasting impression and influenced the lyrical carving on this oval dish.

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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.