Local Pottery will host a number of our artisans for demos and trunk shows in our gallery throughout the holiday season. Check our Upcoming Events page for dates and details.
Make Your Own Ornaments 2016! This was so fun. Lots of folks had been asking for another one-day, hands-on experience like our Empty Bowls Fundraiser so we ran a bunch of these workshops. Everyone got a thin slab of porcelain from which they could make pretty much whatever they wanted. We provided cookie cutters, stamps, slip for decorating, straws to make the holes- not advanced ceramics but something for everyone and people got very good, very quickly. We had whole families, work groups, a book club, dates and tons of first-timers. After the ornaments were made, we fired them with a transparent, shiny glaze and got most of them through in about a week. We'll do it again next year!
Early Summer 2016
We were lucky to have friend and gallery favorite Christy Knox from Natural Elements in studio for a demo and trunk show. Christy's work is entirely handbuilt. She makes texturing blocks by impressing plant material from her extensive perennial gardens into wet clay, which she fires and then uses to texture the slabs she uses for building. It sounds complicated, but watching her work and hearing her speak about her approach to making clears it all up (and inspires!). 2016 was my second year as a guest in her studio in Cummington, demonstrating my decorating technique, slip trailing, as part of the annual Hilltown6.com open studio tour. (That's a fantastic pottery day trip, for future reference.)
Late Spring 2016
Empty Bowls! We did it again this year and it was even more fun than the last time. This year we made over 100 bowls for people to decorate and again sold the privilege along with the finished pottery to raise funds for the South Shore Community Action Council. The event sold out before we opened our doors; many thanks to the participants. We partnered with the folks at Edible South Shore and South Coast and In The Event Planning. Fork in the Road fed us. Super fun, we'll do it again next year. It's such a pleasure to have people stretching themselves creatively—doubly so, as it's for a good cause.
Early Summer, 2015
We had a great time with our friend Ikuhiko Shibata who was visiting from Japan. He stayed with us for most of June and worked at the studio every day (and patiently endured my "rabbit food" lunches). It was his third year visiting and we finally had enough time to take some road trips. We also tasted lots of bourbons and taught him some Boston slang.
We met when I was traveling in Japan a few years ago. I had stopped in his town, Tajimi in Gifu Prefecture. My guide and translator for the day, Noboru, brought Iku because he was a potter and had a car to drive us around. Off we went and we've been friends ever since. Incidentally, Noboru's father made the sculpture outside the train station and Noboru posed for his dad when he was a child (and for us at the station). Iku's family made the tile installation inside the train station. He's a seventh generation potter. Both his uncle and his teacher were designated as National Living Treasures in Japan.
Iku brought six of his chawan from home and worked on sculptures and some tableware for me to decorate (no pressure, right?) while he was here. We are planning his stay for summer 2016-hopefully a much longer one. Thanks to everyone for making him feel so welcome.
May 2015, Empty Bowls Event
"Empty Bowls" is a fundraiser frequently used by artists to bring awareness (and cash!) to the needs of the food insecure in their community. We had a great time working with Edible South Shore and South Coast magazine to launch their Spring issue at our studio and gallery while running an Empty Bowls event. Folks came to the party to enjoy breads,soups and drinks donated by local businesses while raising almost $1000. for the South Shore Community Action Council.
Our little twist on the event was that we pre-made dozens of bowls and left them at the leather-hard stage so people could personalize them with carving, stamping, sculpting. We then bisque-fired, glazed and re-fired all the pots so everyone could get a little studio time in and learn a little about what we do. I love it when a plan comes together! We hope to do it every year.
We're moving on August 25th to our own building (the blue one next to Trattoria San Pietro) at:
376 Washington Street (Route 53)
Norwell, MA 02061
We are thrilled to announce this move! And there’s more…..we’re expanding the gallery (which will have AC!), there is a ton of parking and we couldn’t be more delighted to have Coastal Art Glass joining us.
We expect to be a little unsightly in our Pembroke location in August, and still a bit scrappy at our new location in Norwell into early September. The moving guys will do their thing on August 25th and 26th, and we will do our best to continue to be your favorite place to shop while we are getting settled. Please come see us.
We promise to send you an invitation for our grand reopening soiree (you know how we love a party!).
You can always check our Facebook page to stay on top of how it’s all coming together…
Kids classes will run thru July 24 and we plan to start up again in September at the new location. (We’ll keep everyone up to speed on any changes and will confirm the start dates a week or so beforehand. )
We could not have done it without you!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Apple Crisp Recipe
Sometimes the bounty of the garden this time of year stresses me out a little. I feel guilty about the tomatoes that aren't sauce and the apples that aren't in a pie. To that end, here is the easiest and best apple crisp I've ever made:
It's a two-part-er, the apple business and the topping. (Please note the lack of piecrust, which I promise you won't miss at all, saving you a whole bunch of time and calories. You're welcome!)
The apple business:
- 3 pounds tart apples peeled, cored, chopped (8-9, give or take) (I like Fuji, Granny Smith, Macoun.)
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (less is OK, too)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (fresh if possible)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt (optional)
- 1-2 teaspoon flour (optional, but makes the sauce thicker)
(Easily doubled; wink, wink, nod, nod. Remember those calories we gave up by skipping the crust? Here's a great way to get them back.)
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)
- pinch of salt (optional)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, or add an additional 1/4 cup of oats
Peel, core, and chop the apples; toss in one of your pottery bowls (see what I did there?) with lemon juice. In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; add to the apples, and toss to combine. Now combine flour, sugar, and oats in a bowl. (There should be an empty one right in front of you. Go ahead, use that.) Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two forks until mixture is crumbly. Stir in the chopped nuts. Here's the fun part. Butter a handmade pottery bowl, baker, plowl, pie plate or two. You can make one big crisp (9-inch square), a few smaller ones, or a bunch of single-servings. Just spread the apple mixture in the bottom of the buttered dish and sprinkle with topping. Don't overfill – if you aren't sure, use a cookie sheet to catch any overflow. Bake at 375° for 30 to 45 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned (less time if you are using smaller pots). Try to wait long enough that you don't burn the roof of your mouth. Add ice cream, whipped cream, or, as my mother-in-law recommends, "just a little heavy cream." Told ya.