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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Santa Fe Clay

and Small Treasures
November 1 - December 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 5-7 pm

The gallery at Santa Fe Clay will present two exhibitions in November. One show will feature father and son potters, David and Matt Repsher. The second exhibit will showcase a collection of small-scaled ceramic pieces from twenty invited artists from the Santa Fe Clay stable.
Generations pass down traditions and skills, and this is the case with father and son, David and Matt Repsher. They recently spent time together creating a body of work in David’s home studio in Pennsylvania. All the artwork was then fired in their salt/wood kiln on-site. They worked side by side, making pots in the studio, interacting, sharing ideas and processes. Some of the pieces shown will include individual artworks, and some are collaborative pieces.

Small Treasures is a collection of hand-picked artwork curated by Avra Leodas. These pieces are perfectly scaled and priced to suit your holiday gift giving. The work ranges in style from functional pots with decorative drawings, to abstract sculptures demonstrating the oddities of nature, to small narrative figurative pieces.
Contact: Amy Slater, (505)-984-1122, sfc@santafeclay.com
545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
Tel: 505-984-1122 Fax: 505-984-1706

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Oggetti Belle

It has been awhile since we've posted recommendations. Today, we present lovely "eye-candy" - elegantly designed, beautiful objects for everyday use.
From shiny, voluptuously shaped brassware, to colorful hanging lamps, to sustainable sunglasses, elegant glassware and cookware, and finally to a ring that informs.
Alex Meitlis, Brassware Collection

Capsula, Lucie Koldova

Three Sustainable Sunglasses, from Coolhunting

Louche, by Mathias Hahn - Okay Studio

Palma Caste Iron Cookware, Jasper Morrison for Oigen

Ring Clock by Szikszai Gusztv - New Tech Reviews Gadgets

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What's Frances Reading?

From her recent blog posting, Frances Mayes shares her summer reading list. Here's what the author read:

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Canada by Richard Ford

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Local Souls by Allan Gurganus

Other books, in a stack, await Ms. Mayes.
You will enjoy, not only book selections, but stories about wine (Tuscan Sun Wines), a new roof at Bramasole, a "starry night dinner at our mountain house", and two new cat additions.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Encounter with Nature

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A curved room of redwood trees is among my first recollections of being outside the city and in nature. We called it a room, a meeting place for the three of us: my younger brother, our friend, and me.
From San Francisco, our parents drove 60 miles and entered the beauty and calm of the Russian River countryside in northern California.
Each summer, we made our way to "the river" to join our friends at their countryside cabin, sometimes for several days, sometimes for a week or more. The outside was our living space, our living room. First thing each morning, we ate our breakfast at the patio table under the trellis. Then, we spent a short while across the street, playing in our room surrounded by the trees. After lunch and after the fog lifted, we found our way to the river, slipped on our inner tubes and paddled out to the demarcation rope, separating shallow from deep. Returning home, we showered, ate dinner, played cards or board games - all outside - then went to bed, telling each other scary stories before we slept.
Those innocent days spent outdoors, with trees, and shrubs - with insects, lizards, with bees and ants - with dirt on our knees, in our hair, covering our clothes, introduced me to nature. Her rhythms of sun and moon, of wind and fog, of long summer days and cool nights, left an indelibly etched mark on me. 
Recently, while walking through Ganna Walska Lotusland (Montecito, California), I felt much the same as when I was a child. One cannot walk Ms. Walska's garden paths without experiencing her passion, joy and playfulness.

Our small Silverlake garden, although restrained and simple, is our microcosm of nature. Although we manicure our plants, periodically, we also permit our garden to grow and develop as naturally as possible. We feed and water, plant each specimen where it does best, and make allowances for happy accidents. At the peak of summer, our garden vibrates with alive-energy. This is what I felt at Lotusland. This is what I feel in our own garden.

Personal gardens are what they are because of their designers and custodians. Ms. Walska was wonderfully animated and unafraid of dazzle - in her dress, her personality and her garden. Our garden reflects our simplicity, our quiet. Primal nature reflects the wild tendencies of Mother Nature. She is calm or energetic, gentle or strong. She is filled with light or darkness. These dualities exist in all gardens.
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