the evening light these days is simply gorgeous. it seems to power into my kitchen windows each afternoon full of promise. A rich golden hue hints at the possibility of spring even though it is only the start of january, the light seems much stronger at this time of day than its weak steely morning self. I couldnt help but try to capture some of it for this weeks flowers for friday post. A collection of objects interrupted but the bright green of tiny air plants and a burst from a fern frond clipped from the plants on my patio. I am also eagerly waiting on a few paperwhite bulbs, being gone I did not want to start forcing them until now, but the entire time I was away they were “burning a hole in my pocket” as I couldn’t wait to get home and start them.
I am off on a girls weekend to Sonoma to celebrate the upcoming wedding of a dear friend. It will be nice to spend the time with everyone and I am very much looking forward to exploring a new part of my California world that I have not been to yet (im a napa girl). We have planned some hikes, bbqs from the back deck which overlooks the river and a trip on the Winter Wineroad for sunday. It should be a full one.
What are your plans for the holiday weekend?
See you back here on tuesday.
the poppy, so simple and yet an elegance unparalleled. paired with a locally made heath ceramics vase & an unexpected piece of studio pottery that reminds me of the gnarled tough bark of an old tree; an interesting contrast to the effervescent, crepe paper like poppy. enjoy, and happy friday!
this weekend was on of the busiest ive had in a very long time & there wasnt even a wedding, well not one i was working on at least.
it was glorious to have the entire weekend and i took advantage of every second. there were loads of things happening in and around the bay area, so many the city was running shuttles around to the different event so that people could try and pack in as much as possible.
saturday was spent at the heath ceramics open studios (thanks jane for the heads up!) with lunch at cavallo point. this amazing bay area hotel is filled with the photographs of local artist and we strolled around taking advantage of the amazing art on view. i just wish we could have seen into the rooms, each features the work of a different photographer.
in the evening it was off to try a new pho place (a few of us here have a passion for this big bowl of vietnamese soup and travel around the city trying out new places) we finished with Artpad – an art showcase put on at the phoenix hotel.
phew, and that was just saturday!
it was a lot but i wanted to share some photos i took at the beautiful heath ceramics studio in sausalito.
the two types of clay used at heath – a lighter and a darker base clay, rolled out in slabs and ready to be turned into beautiful objects.
the seat of the master mold maker at heath, i couldnt help but love him all the more as he sits each day in a hot pink old eames chair – amazing right?!
a few shots of the various stations along the way, handles are attached, lids are made, pieces are dried
testing out some new glazes & a the new house numbers. i love the final shot of the classic bud vases in various stages of drying. look how much smaller the vase is when it is finally finished (1st on the left is a finished piece)
many of the original designs first created by edith heath (who also went to the san francisco arts institute, where i did my masters!) are still in production today, a tribute to her vision and the beauty of her work.
i treated myself to my first piece of heath too! a bud vase of course, in cream. i thought it would be perfect to place the little floral stragglers that are inevitably left after i make an arrangement – to give them a sense of grandeur.