Recovering — Two Busy/Busy Months:
It has been too many weeks since I’ve posted — I do feel guilty for not keeping up. April and May are always my super busy, majorly overwhelmed, months. And this year, once again, I was sooooooooo busy with my Lake Minnetonka Tour followed (immediately) by the St. Croix Pottery Tour.
For the Lake Minnetonka Tour, I always need to prep my entire house (pack away most of my ‘collection’ and set up my own Pots for display/sale) and also get things ready throughout my house for my Guest Artists. I also needed to make-and-fire a final batch of Pots — In an unfamiliar kiln, because the ‘usual’ kiln had a chimney collapse. Extra stress.
Above — The Lake Minnetonka Tour. One of my display tables, full of Maasha Pots.
To summarize, our Lake Minnetonka Tour was so successful (and FUN) this year. I hosted three additional Artists as Guests, we had gorgeous weather the entire weekend, and best/best friend, Judi, came up from Chicago. We all had such a good time!!
Then, right away the following weekend — I always run up to help my friends during the St. Croix Pottery Tour. I love helping out at Studio of Guillermo Cuellar (and his seven other Guest Potters). With another weekend of still-gorgeous weather, and soooooooo many wonderful Pots, (and so much Food), the St. Croix Event was a major success for everyone!!
Above — At Guillermo Cuellar Studio along the St. Croix River. So many tables loaded with so many Pots.
And through it all, I simply couldn’t keep up with my Blog.
So now, I can finally recover — And life is returning to ‘normal’. I’ve been busy making Pots, and already firing a load in the kiln. And I’ve had a taste for something Springy. I’ve made a batch of my Lemon/Cream Cheese Bars (Bites).
The Food — Lemon/Cream Cheese Bites:
I always make these as refreshments for my Tour. This year, several people asked for the Recipe — So I’ve made another batch. And wanting to try something really tart and tangy (and experimental), I added a bit of chopped Rhubarb — Yep, really tasty!!
And these Lemon/Cream Cheese Bites are simple/easy — Made with a Cake Mix (lemon Cake Mix) spread out in a 9″ x 13″ pan, then an easy layer of lemony cream cheese. Bake for a short while — And you have a perfect Springtime snack!! Or a delightful dessert served with fresh strawberries!!
Recipe included on my Recipes Page.
The Pottery — St. Croix Acquisitions:
And of course, I picked up a few new Pots during the St. Croix Tour. I’m presenting my Lemon/Cream Cheese Bites on a FAVORITE new Plate (two plates, actually) made by Ceramic Artist, Mark Pharis. I absolutely LOVED these Plates!! The trapezoid form, the minimalist geometric statement — Sophisticated yet playful. I couldn’t get just one — I had to get at least two….
And a few more special Pots….
I also picked up a charming/rustic Teapot, made by Minnesota Artist, Dick Cooter — Very wood fired, with a lovely, lustery Shino glaze. Yippee! I finally added a Dick Cooter Teapot to my life!!
I also picked up a wonderful large Jar/Vessel made by Colorado Artist, Jim Lorio — Love the form, wonderful wood fired effects. This definitely goes on display in my kitchen!!
And that wraps up the past two months — So busy with Art Events. Happy Spring-Almost-Summer everyone!
Above — The St. Croix Pottery Tour. All the lovely Vases — Getting Vases ready with flowers.