Gather your spirit of generosity and reciprocity….

In honor of trying something new this year, rather than being tucked away in my studio through the end of the year, I’ll be out and about, sharing the holiday cheer and community spirit at a few of my friendly regional hubs.  Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone special, or a little time on your own, stop in and say hello, sip some tea with me, share a story, and make this season a time to slow down, chat with friends, meet someone new, share stories of the year as it slowly slides into winter, and set intentions for the upcoming year ahead.

This selling-wares-for-the-holidays thing is new to me, so I’ll be making it up as I go, focusing on the connections and celebrations, the giving and receiving, the reciprocity.  Join me.

Of course, if it’s a studio visit you’re craving, give me a call or send an email, and we can meet up here at your convenience.  The studio is warm, and the tea or coffee is always hot.

Where & When:

Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace: Entler Hotel, November 23, 24 & 25 -Done!

The Sanctuary of Berryville: Holiday Wellness  Bazaar, Saturday, December 1 Done!

The River House: Holiday Artisan Market, Sunday, December 2  Done!

Etsy: Online Holiday Shopping Weekend: December 7 – 10

The best of what is left in the studio will be available, a small group of favorites, for those of you who would like to gather some handmade givings.  Starting on Thursday (10am), and going through Monday (Midnight), you can have a cup, bowl, teabowl, or who knows what else shipped right to your door.

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Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace: Entler Hotel

December 15 & 16, 10am – 4:30pm

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Pay attention…

Sam Taylor, of Dog Bar Pottery, teapot

“Slow down, drink coffee from a handmade mug. Slow down when making the mug. Pay attention to the earthly processes that are involved and the full nature of what a mug has been and could be. Once again, it will be good for you and good for the planet. Buy from your local potter. Even if the handmade object is not utilitarian, it is a slow object. It still requires a stilling in the making and in the enjoying. Slow down; take it in on a sensual level. Add to that basic appeal whatever experience you have had with similar objects, be it resonance or the surprise of unexpected elements. Buy from a local artist. Attend your local gallery exhibitions. Clay sculptures, installations, conceptual works: they all ask us to slow down and pay attention, to examine our preconceptions.”

-Clary Illian

Chris Weaver, teapot with wooden handle

There’s nothing slower than a teapot on a chilly winter day.  Teapots have been on my mind this month, what with winter and wood stoves and contemplation.  These are some of my current mullings, and may they inspire you to pull out your favorite, boil up some hot water, and sip away…

Linda Sikora, teapot