So busy!! I have been sooooo busy getting ready for the Lake Minnetonka Arts Tour — This weekend, the first weekend of May. (see ‘Events’ page)
We’ve been enjoying a wonderful early spring, and my frogs have been out croaking (roaring) through the forest since early April, but I’ve been making soooo many new pots. With a burst of creative energy I started making totally (totally) new work. I started making ‘Leaf’ plates and platters (and bowls and wine tumblers) — All white stoneware, new styles, new sizes, new glaze combinations. I’m sure it must have been our early spring — I needed a springtime palette. I couldn’t stop working.
So now the Arts Tour is fast approaching this weekend. And there is sooooo much getting ready — The entire house, the studio, the ‘showroom’, the decks, refreshments, flowers, displays!! And I’m very excited about my two Guest Artists — Chiaki (fiber) and Peter (wood)!! And I’ve yet to pick up work from three different kilns later this week.
But before I go into a total panic — I’m taking a break and enjoying a salmon dinner on one of my newest Leaf Platters….
For a springtime meal, I prepared grilled salmon with a tasty, tangy topping of curried apple, turnip and cranberry. I love salmon with a wild rice pilaf (we get Minnesota naturally grown wild rice) with sauteed leeks, and fresh, barely-steamed asparagus.
I’m serving grilled salmon on one of my newest Leaf Platters — White stoneware (B-Mix), overlapping glazes, reduction fired. I’ve really had fun creating these various ‘Leaf’ pieces — Simple, stylized form with different textures and silky, smooth glazes; a bit more ‘refined’ than my usual ‘rustic’ statements.
And, a final comment — It was really delightful eating from this plate. The larger, longer proportions added a perfect, fun drama to my dining. I guess I’ll continue making “Leaf’ plates…
Again — Go to ‘Events’ page for more info on Lake Minnetonka Arts Tour.