Summer is finally starting to emerge following a false start back in March leading into a long cold spring. Today, after a week of cold and rainy weather, warmth and sunshine are beginning to assert themselves in our neck of the woods. I was finally able to get into the garden last week to begin planting a few things and look forward to doing more planting this weekend. In the meantime, these colorful dishes came out of the kiln for a client and are being packed up to find their way into a New York apartment. They remind me of so many blossoms right now – daffodil, azalea, bluebell, hydrangea and lilac. Bringing a little color from the garden into the studio, through the firing process and onto the table in the form of dishes is a kind of magical thing. Flowers’ blooms are seasonal and ephemeral. I love making more permanent their fleeting tones. Eating is always a party on colorful dishes.
Maggie Calhoun of Great Finds in Valatie, New York is a terrific friend and colleague. She stopped by today to pick up some new work for the store — cups, bowls, platters and vases in bright colors — perfect for spring and Mother’s Day! I love her visits. Today she came with a gift — a four pack of pansies — ready to sink into the dirt after the last frost! Looks like we’re getting one tonight, so all those plants I have been collecting are coming indoors! (that tip courtesy of Chris Cashen of Miller’s Crossing)
I have been giving a set of dishes to DIFFA’s Dining by Design event for several years. This year I gave 12 place settings, 2 each in my favorite brights. Event opens in NYC this Thursay and runs through the weekend. Culminating dinner on Monday March, 26th. Should be quite an event. I love DIFFA and all the good work that they do. This year, I dedicate my donation to Phillip Patterson. xo
New stuff hot out of the kiln heading to NYC or the new stylist sourcing store, the Prop Workshop.