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Vase on Monday: Three

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It is Cathy’s third anniversary of In a Vase on Monday – huge congratulations to her for this extremely enjoyable get together each week when gardeners from all over the world share what they have in their gardens to put in a vase.

She has chosen the theme of 3 to celebrate the occasion, which gives me an opportunity to show you this fabulous piece of ceramic sculpture/vase which I found in September.

It’s three chambers make it easy to plonk some flowers in and form their own arrangement.

Some years ago I arrived at this pottery near Solvadsc_0011

It was closed but as I was peering in through the windows to see if it was worth returning another day, the potters arrived and they opened up the gallery for me. I fell in love with the pots (and with them!). They have perfected their own unique frost proof glazes and I was tempted to buy some fabulous huge flower pots to put in the garden – at that time I didn’t feel able to afford them. Although worth every penny, I did not feel ready to make that investment. I have never stopped thinking about them – does that ever happen to you?

In September I went back – the Gallery was shut. I wanted to show my friend what I had been going on about for years, and we went to peer in the window – out came Mr. Ciappara, and just as on the first occasion was warm and welcoming and opened up the Gallery for us. He has now retired and his granddaughter Rivka has taken on the family business. dsc_0023

She makes some magnificent thingsdsc_0020

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and has a beautiful assistant!

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I took a long time to decide…..

….. this?

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…. so many beauties to choose from.

I picked them up and could feel as my hands went around them how they had been formed. I asked about the process of making them and learnt of the intricate, time consuming way they are made and how many long hours they have to be in the kiln – the triumphs, the disasters.

The detailsdsc_0003 dsc_0004 dsc_0009

and the texture created by cloth.

In the end I decided on these two. They can go in the garden and I think one day they might sit in or beside the pond I have been planning.  dsc_0015

I’m thrilled with them, especially when the light catches the glazes.

Perfect to celebrate with Cathy and her theme of 3dsc_0017

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with some late blooming flowers and the promise of Garrya tasslesdsc_0014

Also joining in with Cee’s Flower of the Day – it is her birthday today – Happy Birthday Cee!

Details of the Pottery

Address:

Studio Pottery & Gallery, Caerfarchell,
Saint David’s, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

Telephone number:

01437 720366

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/studiopotteryandgallery/about/

Email:

studiopotteryandgallery@gmail.com

 

Vase on Monday – Astrantia

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Joining in with Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday, featuring Astrantia and Leycesteria Formosaastrantia

And Cee’s Flower of the Day – astrantiaDSC_0004

Astrantia has such a ghostly etherial quality, which I really like very much. If you would like to see a larger version of the above photo click here to go to my PHOTOS Page.whiteb

It is hard to photograph well on these dull days, so I tried several positons and then used the special ‘highlighting’ effect on my camera.

The pots I have used this week are a beautiful glazed pottery green-tea cup which was given as a present by Kimonoboy in Japan – more of him and his shop in a later post; a crackle-glazed little pot, another charity shop find; and they sit on a rectangular plate/dish – I bought several of these back in my dinner-party-days in the 70s for a Japanese themed menu, I attempted a sushi starter which I put on these plates – they were actually sold as butter dishes – nowadays I find them to be perfect to use as paint palettes – a piece of greaseproof paper over a thin layer of water and then put blobs of your acrylic paints on top of the greaseproof – the paint stays wet and workable for hourspots

My houseplant of the week: Oxalis

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It was languishing in a shady corner of my house and as soon as I gave it more light it started to flower – I LOVE this plant – thank you to Linda who gave this to me a few years ago – I think of her every time I see it. ❤ The leaves are like butterflies and they close at night – enchanting!