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It’s a “basket” because it has such a humongous (bamboo) handle, which I bought years ago, and moved around on my shelf about a thousand times. I finally made a pot to fit it.

Glazed in Malcolm’s shino with patches of other glazes brushed on.

Thirty-seven dollars.

 

Hat, gloves, credit card reader…

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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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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.

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Cereal bowls and milk pitcher? or ice cream bowls and hot fudge pourer? You decide.

These pieces are in porcelain, rather sturdy instead of paper-thin, glazed in a barely-blue celadon. There are actually six bowls in the set.

 

Created for the recent District Clay open house. Each visitor picked a cup. First come, first served.

Earlier this month, potter friends Carolyn and Holly and I drove down to Floyd, Virginia, for the open studios of the 16 Hands potters, looking for inspiration. We visited the studios of eight potters (do the math) plus a a few of their invited artist friends.

This piece is by Elisa Di Feo, who works with her potter partner in a fantastic little place. This cup got to me after I walked away a few times. The blue underglaze crayon scratches are childish, but the fine etched lines are very grown up. A fine edge separates matte and shiny surfaces, both white.

Floyd is worth the trip for the rolling Blue Ridge mountain landscape, the steady sounds of local music, the fertile creativity with clay.

An industrial accident. Just kidding.

We drink from wells we did not dig. We warm by fires we did not kindle. And there’s a lot more stuff we use that we just got somehow….

This Saturday, 7 May, District Clay will have an open house and pottery sale. The first 100 people in the door will receive a free cup, made by a variety of us. These are some of mine.