Monday, May 31, 2010

Berry Bowls are Full of Holes!

by Eleanor Hendriks

One of my spring projects was to get properly stocked up on Berry Bowls and I'm thrilled to be able to say that I've accomplished that goal... but along the way I was reminded that...

...Berry Bowls are FULL of Holes!

Each of those little bits in the pile on the right represents a hole that had to be cut in one of the many berry bowls I made. I was only half way through them all at the point this picture was taken and of course, the picture doesn't include all the bits that rolled away onto the floor either! The funny thing is that I could probably just put half a dozen holes in the bottom and the bowl would function as a colander perfectly well. But I'm really attached to my flower pattern of holes and can't imagine changing it any time soon. So every once in a while, I can expect to be nearly overwhelmed by hole cutting.

And it doesn't end with cutting out the holes. Each hole is also beveled inside and out so that the bowl is a smooth and pleasant experience for the user.

I eventually finished all of this spring's mega batch of berry bowls and my Etsy store is fully stocked with two sizes in five rim colours. You can find them here.

Wedding and shower season is upon us. May I suggest that a collection of handmade kitchen goodies like a Berry Bowl, French Butter Dish and a Garlic Grater would make for that perfect combination of practical and beautiful that should please any new couple. A blender is practical, but oh so boring, a painting may be beautiful but totally miss the mark for the new couple's preferred style. Try handmade and functional to really bless your friends...

French Butter Dish

Garlic Grater

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Scavenging -Part of the Potter's Life

by Eleanor Hendriks

It seems that every potter I know has a bit of scavenger blood. It seems I'm always saying things to people like "If you ever have any empty drywall mud buckets, save them for me..."or "Don't throw out those Styrofoam peanuts -just give me a call, I'll come get them..." Sometimes the effort that goes into scavenging these things is enough to make me think about taking the easy way out and just buying what I need new, but that always feels just a bit wrong. I get a kick out of using something that would have otherwise been thrown away -especially when it is plastic made from non-renewable resources.

Just lately I had a great score -a just-up-the-road neighbour was telling me about the new kitchen he was putting in and worrying about what he was going to do with all the bubble wrap the cupboards were wrapped in. Of course I jumped on that one and sure enough, he stopped by a few days later with a carload of bubble wrap for me. I got it all straightened out and folded neatly -now I just have to figure out where to put it:

Of course I'll gladly share this latest score with you -all you have to do is order a pot from my Etsy shop and it will come wrapped in some of Keith's bubble wrap!
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