“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.

bowls

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.

platter

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

dishes

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.

Pattern and Posture

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Pattern and Posture

I love my iphone. As I was waiting (happily mind you) for my bi-monthly adjustment at the chiropractor’s office, I stumbled upon an article featuring “Buttercups”, a needlepoint project, in an office magazine. I was completely taken with the flowers and the overall pattern. I have been known to “collect” office magazines, similar to the pen borrowed but never returned; however… snapping a photo with my iphone is a modern approach to collecting ideas. I was able to print the image out and add it to my sketchbook later that day. Technology is a wonderful thing and it’s going to keep me honest too.