Celebrating A Few Good Things
Thanks to Ruth Ayres at DiscoverPlayBuild, for beginning this Saturday tradition, to reflect upon the week previous, and to celebrate something, or some things special to you personally. It's a good time reading what others share. Tweet at #celebratelu.
I receive e-mails from a potter I met years ago and sometimes attend his shows if they are close. Last Saturday, after I published my post about my writing group, I went to a small showing where this potter was selling his art.
One of the reasons I like seeing what this man has to show is that he's such a learner, always trying a new look, new kinds of texturing and color. My "everyday" dishes are pottery that my husband and I have collected over the years, just shopping, gifts from others, and on vacation. I love that all the pieces differ: dinner and salad plates, serving platters, small glasses and lots of bowls-eclectic and full of color! This day there was a craft show close by. I enjoyed looking at all the beautiful things others had made, the jewelry, the knitting, the art, and loved re-connecting with my potter friend. He told me he has estimated he's crafted over 40,000 pieces in his career, and continues learning new techniques. And, almost immediately I felt drawn to one of the plates!
This potter explained that this is the only time he has created this plate because it was a two step process, and more difficult to obtain that inner pattern plus edge smoothness. First, he rolled a slab, and used a piece of iron rebar (those bars that are laid in concrete) to create those lines, and turned the iron so the lines would go back and forth. There is a bit of a texture-not smooth. Then he had to build a kind of bowl around the textured center slab and curve it just enough to create the plate's edge. Can you see?
It's quite wonderful to remember the stories of some of my pieces of pottery, although I don't remember all of them. That might be a post for another time! Today, I'm just celebrating a new plate and a nice conversation with a gifted artist!
I hope you all had a wonder-filled week of small celebrations!