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 Solva
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.
She makes some magnificent things
and has a beautiful assistant!
I took a long time to decide…..
…. 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.
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.
I’m thrilled with them, especially when the light catches the glazes.
Perfect to celebrate with Cathy and her theme of 3
with some late blooming flowers and the promise of Garrya tassles
Also joining in with Cee’s Flower of the Day – it is her birthday today – Happy Birthday Cee!
Details of the Pottery
Studio Pottery & Gallery, Caerfarchell,
Saint David’s, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/studiopotteryandgallery/about/