Canadian Rockies and Summer Give-Away #3

Back from Vacation!!

Husband and I have just returned from two weeks in the gorgeous/spectacular CANADIAN ROCKIES – The Selkirks in British Columbia and Banff National Park in Alberta.  An awesome trip — Mostly camping, many mountain hikes, wonderful discoveries.

The Selkirks are a range of mountains with several huge (huge), long lakes – Fjords really.  We had to cross several lakes by ferry boat to arrive at the charming (and very remote) village of Kaslo.  We found a delightful cottage right on Kootenay Lake and enjoyed our own private beach for several days – Awesome, beautiful, stunning!!

I also discovered a ceramic artist in the area – Sarah Lawless.  I really liked her work – Very unique, minimalist forms; porcelain with smooth, matte glazes.

Her forms and her soft glazes suggest smooth, perfectly eroded rocks — Reflective of the beautiful, natural area she’s living in.   I enjoyed meeting her and I had no problem choosing several pieces to bring home and add to my collection.

Do check out her Web Site:

And before I go into any more vacation detail – It’s time for my Summer Give-Away #3!

Summer Give-Away #3 – Small Ewer:

Because I just returned from Canada and discovered a wonderful potter – For my third Summer Give-Away, I’m offering a piece by Sarah Lawless!  A delightful small pouring vessel — A round bubble-shaped Ewer; soft earth tones.  Perfect for a bit of syrup, or soy sauce, or a few twiggy flowers.

If you would like to add this very special Ewer/Pitcher to your life – Simply enter a Comment by 12:00 midnight September 7th for a random drawing (USA or Canada, only please).  Winner will be notified!

Procedure (very simple):

1 –You send in a Comment (click on ‘Comments’ below)….

Let me know if you’re a fellow potter, a fellow blogger, why you would love a small Ewer in your life, or anything else you wish to share.  Yes, you may enter as often as you wish; and feel free to tell your FRIENDS to enter!

2 — I will compile all Comments received by the Deadline of Friday, September 7th (Midnight).  I will hold a random drawing.

3 — I will announce the Winner on the following Blog Post.  (I will contact Winner to obtain a ship-to address)

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I’ll be including more Rocky Mountain (vacation) photos in my next posting.  For now, this is how we woke up on Kootenay Lake in the Selkirks.

11 thoughts on “Canadian Rockies and Summer Give-Away #3

    • Hi Bonnie — Thank you so for your comment. Yes, I love Sarah’s work — Simple/smooth but organic/earthy at the same time. And soooo inviting to touch and hold!
      Hope you’re having fun with your potting! Marcia

    • Hi Suzanne — Thank you for your comment. And yes, the whole Banff/Lake Louise area is so spectacular/gorgeous! You’re right — I’m feeling very inspired.
      Hope you’re doing well — Marcia

  1. Hi Marcia,

    I live in Canada and qualify to be in the draw. Yea!!!

    When I first saw the photograph of the little ewer/pitcher I was struck by the beauty of the form and the softness of the glaze that makes one want to hold it in their hands and feel that softness and beauty. I would be honoured to have it on my table with a wee bit of maple syrup.

    But winning is not everything, I appreciate your giving this pot to someone and also sharing your writing and photographs.

    I love the photograph of the little ewer sitting on that strong rock and the beautiful plant inside of the pot. That is a gift in its self..

    I also like the first photograph in your blog and the path along the ridge. I wonder if this is one you walked on?

    Thank you,
    From a fellow potter,

    • Hi Debbie — Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments — And yes, you do qualify. And I so agree; Sarah’s work and her soft surfaces are so inviting and ‘touchable’.
      And your question about the photo — Yes, that was our hike to Idaho Peak outside of New Denver/Sandon. I loved the green meadow, and all the wildflowers, and of course, the view!!
      Thanks again — Marcia

  2. Love the rocky glaze palate, and will look at more Sarah Lawless pronto. Thanks for the continued inspiration, from images to recipes to new creative people…


    • Hi Joy — Great to hear from you, and thank you for your comment! And yes, I really do enjoy discovering and sharing other potters! Glad you appreciate Sarah’s work/tones.
      Thanks again — Marcia

  3. I’m not sure which photos I enjoy more, the mountains/lake or the pottery. Okay, the mountains win. They’re spectacular and breath-taking. But I like the smoothe finish of the pottery. You’re right, it looks like a stone that has been in a river bed for eons. Great contrast to the newer, craggy mountains. You do a very nice job of featuring other artists. I trust they appreciate that.

    Judi (non-clay artist)

    • Hi Judi — Thank you so much for your comment. And yes, I love the contrast of the smooth-surface pottery (lovely but touchable-earthy) in contrast with the rugged, craggy mountains.
      Hope you’re enjoying YOUR mountains in Colorado — Marcia

  4. The landscape is awesome. I have driven through those mountains a few times having driven across this great continent a couple of times during my life. It is great to see a potter who has obviously absorbed and been inspired by her place on this Blue Planet. As always I so enjoy your blogging on pottery etc.and cookery.

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