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:  www.SarahLawless.com

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)

Suggestion:  If you’re not already a Subscriber, just enter your Email Address (above, upper right) to receive notices of MaashaClay Postings.

Finally:

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.

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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,
    Debbie

    • 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…

    Joy

    • 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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