Thursday, October 27, 2011

wish i was there

Beautiful photography by Anna Williams for Bellocq, a newly opened tea atelier in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. Their line of handcrafted blends and organic full leaf teas can be purchased through Bellocq’s online shop. It is a place I will definitely visit during my trip to New York City in November. Can’t wait.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

bookhou at home

Currently a featured seller on etsy, Bookhou at Home's linen towels are simply lovely. Like an open window on a fresh spring day. To view more of Bookhou’s creations please visit bookhouathome.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

still life saturday with apples

painting by Caravaggio

painting by Gustave Courbet

painting by Elbe van Rooyen

multi-media by Colette Hosmer

painting by Paul Cézanne

painting by Yana Movchan

painting by Toan Thai

painting by Pablo Picasso

In Russia, my autumn was filled with apples. At our dacha, if there was a good crop from the apple trees that year, rooms would be filled to the ceiling with fruit. The house permeated with the apple scent. Some years there were so many apples, they would go unpicked, icing over on the branches. We would try to eat them, thinking they would taste like ice cream.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

perfection is macho. and boring. i like to see the hand of the maker. -hella jongerius

Lately I have been focusing on the small imperfections in my work. When I look at gleena, all I see is where I have smudged or nicked or dripped it. I forget the meaning of handmade and Hella Jongerius jogs my memory. The imperfections are what make the work human.

300 hand-touched, imperfect Coloured Vases by Hella Jongerius were on display in the exhibition ‘Hella Jongerius – Misfit’ (13 November 2010 – 13 February 2011) at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

gray on gray

The pieces have just come out of their molds, leather-hard, and beautiful with a soft satiny finish. The leather-hard stage is when the pieces are stiff enough to handle, but are not completely dried out. It is this surface that many ceramists strive to imitate with glaze, which unfortunately is impossible.