why have a smooth finish when you can add a flourish?
I am reminded of the hand that created this...
the finger that dragged along as the wheel turned
the smooth wet clay as it gave way to the pressure of the hand...
I can feel it here
after many decades...
tracing my finger in the grooves
Pottery is HUGE in the arts and crafts movement...it is "artfully crafted" and fits in with the philosophy and guidelines that arts and crafts is all about.
"Arts and Crafts"...those words sum it up.
Things made simply
by hand and heart.
William Morris was quoted as saying
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”
There's a guiding principle to live by...
all this de-cluttering might be attributed to William Morris~
I bought this piece of pottery in the late 1990's because I fell for the lava glaze
It bears no signature or mark so identification is difficult
attribution might be possible
but I would not know where to begin.
I found this in an antique shop while on holiday
it is a large and heavy vase
look how the glaze has bubbled and popped in the kiln.
This wee bunny with the wonderful colour treatment
purchased in the late 1980's
before I had even heard of the artist
I just liked the colours of the glaze and the form.
It is an early example of
the work of
Artus Van Briggle
A well known potter from Colorado Springs
the company is still in business
they started in 1899
Vase (potter unknown)
Van Briggle bowl and bunny.
Harumi Ota porcelain bowl
I use it for pasta, salads, fruit
resides on the Humble Bungalow dining table
to be filled
I just finished reading
Frances Itani's book
"Remembering the Bones"
she's a very clever story teller
I read her book "Deafening" a few years ago
and was very excited to find this book
and she is at work on another one!
are you reading
I hope that you grab some time for yourself this weekend
Hug your family!