Pottery-Fest!

What’s this?! An outing with Mom two days in a row? Zowie!

This weekend is the Spring Pottery Sale in Waterloo. The fun thing about having a blog for 15+ months now, is that I am starting to repeat activities that I blogged about last year. Too bad I went to the Pottery Sale last year – otherwise, it could have been a New Experience!

Unfortunately, the balmy temps of 2010 were nowhere to be seen today. Mom and I bundled up for our 10 minute walk over to the sale:

middle of april and i had to haul out my sushi hat (sugoi, from a few years ago) - brrr!

The selection is almost overwhelming! Tables upon tables of individually hand-crafted pottery…let me show you some samples!

loved the colours of this fish!

something about the simplicity/stylized art of these pears really grabbed me!

Zo, this one’s for you! 🙂

zo, do you have any cat pottery, at all??! this kittie was pretty cute!

Gina, look who we met?!! HAHA!!!! I’m so excited to surprise you with this photo! 🙂

gretta (ginas sister); daniel; kira - the kids each chose a treat - mice it is!

Thanks for getting in on the Joke For Gina, Gretta, Daniel and Kira – plus, it was great to see you, again!

Mom and I also ran into about 7 other people we know…this is a popular local event!

Now back to show ‘n’ tell…

bookends with a southwestern flair...love the natural, earthy tone, too.

What’s this???!…

a KNITTING BOWL!!! yarn goes in the bowl, pull it out from that doo-hickey at the front...id knock that over andbreak it in a second, i bet...

Don’t worry, SIL Ana, I did NOT get you one for Xmas! 🙂

Not so fond of…

...this dr seuss-ical *art*...and it wasnt cheap!

DID love:

this bowl...

...these mugs (though only ONE - never a SET!)...

the east-indian influenced detailing on this gorgeous bowl...

...THIS mug....(note the HUMUNGOUS size!)...

...this restful and simple tree scene...

...the pairing of the glossy blue stoneware with the natural clay border...

Ahhhh…If I Had A Million Dollars

Fear not! We did not come home empty-handed!

mom purchased this sushi set because the dish is JUST the size shes been searching for, for butter; two spready knives!

Can you guess the two items I chose (hint: they are in the photos, above!)…

i COULDN’T pass up the gigantico mug with the asian-influence floral accents; love the pear plate (thanks, mom, for this uber-treat!)

I will never be a potter. [Just like I will never be a cake-decorator]. But I do appreciate, and marvel over, the skill and creativity of these artists. Truly, touring through this sale is like going through a themed art gallery.

The very best part, once again, was chatting with mumsy. [Although randomly meeting Gina’s sister comes close!]
What can we possibly find to do tomorrow, mom?!

How often do you encounter people you know, when you’re out and about? Happens to me pretty much all the time if I’m in Uptown Waterloo!

Pottery, tapistries, modern art, sculpture, graffiti…what form of art do you appreciate?

Happy Saturday!

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Comments

  • Johanna B  On April 18, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I love the blue bowls with the natural clay border. Would love to have a couple for KERF size salads. I appreciate the work artisans put into their projects and I enjoy having one of a kind items. We have a glass shop here in Topeka that sells handcrafted glass art pieces. I could spend hours in there and a half million easily. Glad you got to spend time with your mum.

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Oh yes! You should have seen some of the bowls…perfect for salad beasts! As long as you don’t mind using a $75-100 bowl! Glad you have local artists near you, too!

  • Gina  On April 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Too fun, Cath! I love pottery! Remember the guy I dated for a long time whose dad was a potter? yep. still have lots of pottery from that ‘era’ and use it regularly. 🙂
    And so funny that you ran into Gretta and the kids! Thanks for adding in their picture here for me to see! So cool!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 17, 2011 at 5:08 am

      haah! glad you caught the photo! now that you mention it, i DO recollect that b’s dad was a potter…glad you hung onto the pottery! 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg  On April 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I used to want to learn how to make pottery — part of me still wants to.

    Craft/art fairs are so much fun!! I don’t go to them too often. I remember going with my mom when I was younger – she used to love to see all the stuff too.

    I run into people all the time — at the grocery store, at the gym, the mall, etc. Most of our immediate family lives pretty close and we all tend to go to the same places!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      That’s too funny, eh, when you run into FAMILY when you’re out and about – I quite often meet up with my parents by surprise, at the grocery store!
      Oh that’d be cool if you tried pottery! I would think learning to use a potter’s wheel would take some practise…
      Yes! Craft fairs are an enjoyable mother/daughter outing!

  • Zo  On April 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Heh…I do have a black cat mug. I have one of those situations where people get me cat things because they know I like cats…but I don’t really *collect* cat things (unless they’re super-cute..how’s that for a mixed message?)
    I do enjoy looking at pottery…so many clever structures/designs.
    I run into people rarely…I think that happens more when you live in a town with a main street/downtown area. Occasionally I’ll see someone I know at a store, but it’s pretty rare!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Yes! I totally get you…just because you have a pet or like a certain hobby does not necessarily mean you want *kitsch* in that theme…
      Running into people: usually murphy’s law that you’ll meet someone you know when you dash out in scrubby clothes, messy hair, no make-up…!

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