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Minnesota plate 2017

This plate suggests the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the first state I entered at the moment of birth. It’s about nine inches across.

* Fifty more, if you count the District of Columbia, where I now live, and which still has no congressional representation. Let’s think about that.

Seventy-five dollars.

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but where I see “whiskey sipper,” you may see:

ramekin, tea-bag holder, seed-starter, creamer, egg cup, salt cellar, olive pit pit, tooth fairy beaker, earring catcher, aspirin dispenser, espresso cup, guitar pick holder, change collector, key receptacle, totem…

Twelve to eighteen dollars. Some are wood-fire products, and that’s special.

or two, or maybe three. Instead of a vase, you need this little plant holder. There may be a better name; I don’t know it. I know the little spiky think is called a florist’s ‘frog.’

I have a few of them for around 20 dollars each.

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It’s clay, not wood, but looks like bark. Faux, like “fake.” If this administration has its way, a lot of the real trees will be history. The flower is real.

I was in a store once many years ago where the poor sap was selling plastic picture frames that he called “fox wood.” Thought that was a kind of tree.

Fifteen dollars each for the vases.

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This a big, heavy bowl taking up all the space on the table right now.  It made me think of the ‘healthcare’ initiative dreamed up by the Republicans. That’s right — it’s still empty.

In a matte white glaze and others brushed on. It’s twelve inches across. Seventy-five dollars.

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This is “earth print bowl” because it looks as if it could be a weather map of the whole world at one time, including the molten core. It has multiple glazes on an altered surface.

For sale tomorrow at the Upshur Street Art and Craft market for $32.

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Winter’s coming. You’re going to need nourishment.

I recommend a healthy food and maybe a new hobby. Make sauerkraut, or kimchi, or other fermented stuff. (Very little work on your part, may I say.)

These crocks include small weights inside, for adding to the crushing action that turns cabbage into kraut.

The prices are $45, $55, and $65 according to size and I have more.

 

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Pottery Show and Sale
Saturday and Sunday, 3-4 December
 
Lisa Swanson and Carol Herwig
3928 Illinois Avenue NW (my home)
Washington, DC 20011
Saturday: noon to 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm to 4 pm
Come see and touch. Everything is locally made in Washington, DC.
Watershed Clayworks  202 368 7427

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I use this tool more and more to roll a fluted edge. Do you know what it is?

 

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The Unitarian Universalist tribe has adopted the outstandingly simple and ancient symbol of a flame burning in a chalice. The big Sunday services include an awesome birthday cake-sized vessel, already lit, carried up the center aisle by a certified, card-carrying worship associate, but each task-centered meeting might begin with the lighting of a small chalice too. (The marvelous Hally A. carries a tiny candle holder and matches in her purse for her meeting needs.)

Thus I see the need for small, personal-sized chalices, for sacred moments, whether you are convening a meeting or not, so I have begun a series of small almond-shaped bowls like these here, in various colors. Some have no handles, but the one above has a rough unglazed pedestal foot and loop handles, also unglazed. (That’s my favorite of the tests, so I’ll make more like that.)

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I use them by filling the bowl with rice or dried beans, and setting a standard candle atop that — safe, simple, edible.

These photos are not so good; it’s hard to convey a glowing flame in the little pot, and I’m no photographer anyway.