Most mornings, ok, I confess every morning, I start my day at the computer. “What happened while I slept?” I rarely look at the news. It is too negative. I check to see if Tony Clennell has written anything. His witty writing always makes me smile. I found Dorothy’s porcelain work this morning. She is a US citizen living in England. I found it interesting that she offers English or Japanese translations of her website. This clay artist has spent her entire career researching porcelain. It’s very interesting. Check it out, if you have the time. Her pots are in many international museums, public and private collections.
While traveling in the Northwest United States, I had the pleasure of meeting Loren Lukens at his studio. It is located in Seattle Washington. He has a great set up with a gallery out front, many work tables, spray booth, kilns, pottery wheels, and more. Yes, I had a bit of studio envy. Loren was raised in the Midwest in a farming family. Growing up in this type of environment, sets you up for the physical life of a potter. I found his bowls and decoration elegant. If you get the opportunity to visit Seattle, give Loren a call to visit his studio. You won’t be sorry.
A zesty vinaigrette makes these roasted Brussels sprouts, fennel, carrots and beets pop. If you can’t find small carrots, halve larger ones crosswise then quarter lengthwise. Serve this vegetable antipasto as a side dish or appetizer.
12 medium Brussels sprouts
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided
1 large fennel bulb, halved, cored and cut into 1/4-inch wedges
12 very small, thin carrots (8 ounces)
1 large beet, preferably golden, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon capers, chopped
1 anchovy fillet, minced (optional)
Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 425°F.
Trim and halve Brussels sprouts; toss with 1 teaspoon oil in a medium bowl. Spread in a single layer on half of a large baking sheet. Toss fennel in the bowl with another 1 teaspoon oil; spread on the other half of the pan. Toss carrots in the bowl with another 1 teaspoon oil and spread on half of a second baking sheet. Toss beet slices with another 1 teaspoon oil; spread on the other half of the pan. Sprinkle the vegetables with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Roast the vegetables, stirring once halfway through and rotating the baking sheets top to bottom and front to back, until soft and beginning to caramelize, 25 to 30 minutes. Arrange on a serving platter.
Meanwhile, mash garlic and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl with the back of a spoon until a paste forms. Add lemon juice, capers and anchovy (if using). Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil; drizzle over the vegetables.
Easy cleanup: To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you bake.
From: EatingWell Magazine November/December 2012
Jan McKeachie Johnston’s pots always stand on their own. She makes artwork that is both meant to be used and to be displayed. Jan and her husband, Randy Johnston, fire in a Japanese wood fired kiln that takes 60 hours from beginning to end of its cycle. This potter’s work is in several museums, private collections, and has been shown in exhibitions across North America.
I met Julie Devers many years ago at a craft fair. I fell in love with her pottery. The quiet lines, movement through each pot, and her glazes. When I opened C2C, I contacted her to have her work in our gallery. She teaches at Kalamazoo Institute of Art and manages their wood kiln. This potter is known for her Asian glazes and pots that make you really consider them. Julie hopes that each of her bowls provide a moment of peace, a moment of reflection in a busy world. “Beauty in Humility.”
I found John Shirley’s work several years ago. Fell in love with it and go to his website every once in awhile to see his newest porcelain work. John spent many years creating a bone china porcelain that is translucent. It was important to this clay artist that he use only local sources to develop his clay body. John is one only a few ceramic artists currently working with monochromatic decoration using soluble salt, ceramic pigments, oxides and resist techniques layered over multiple firings. Antoinette Badenhorst interviews him on a visit to South Africa.
Antoinette is a South African ceramic artist who lives in Mississippi. I found her online courses a couple of years ago and fell in love with her work, her commitment to share knowledge, and her lovely personality that always shines through. She works in porcelain, originally firing in pits for very organic looking ceramic pots. She has won awards internationally. In 2005, she took a risk changing how she made pots. Currently, Antoinette is creating translucent non-functional porcelain forms. They almost dance off the surface. Antoinette is now organizing instructors across the globe who will be teaching online. I am excited to see who she adds to her course offerings.
I met Leslie Koehler many years ago in Vermont. She came into our Vermont gallery hoping that we would consider selling her work. This artist who loves to travel and learn about other cultures had been gone for some time. Leslie was ready to get back to work with a new enthusiasm for clay. She has created her own style of Majolica. It is a style of decorating handmade ceramic artwork. I am most familiar with Italian majolica. Leslie loves this technique of painting imagery on terra cotta. For this potter, it reminds her of the earth and our connection to it. We have several different styles of Ms. Koehler’s work at C2C Gallery.