I was surrounded by a lot of it this week.
In the midst of homeschooling clutter on our kitchen table, I noticed beauty on my kitchen table. These mugs are from Sauk Mountain Pottery, acquired at their kiln opening last Saturday (read more on that below).
Then there was beauty on my bike ride towards Newhalem. There is nothing like the enchanting color of the Skagit River.
And double beauty with the two pretty fairies helping me collect grass for the goats, my little daughter and her best friend.
Okay, now that you got in the mood for beauty, let me tell you about Sauk Mountain Pottery. It's a little pottery shop in Rockport, 20 minutes West of us, owned and operated by our friends Steven and Nicola Murray. We've been friends for many years, and Steven has made pottery for decades, but not until recently did I start getting obsessed with their beautiful clay wares. Nicola wrote a book about their story ("How to Make a Pot in 14 Easy Lessons" - available here), when they first started falling in love. She writes about the process of making pottery with a wood fired kiln, and the way she describes it makes it sound so very intriguing. So we happily accepted their invitation to attend their kiln opening, which is the moment the kiln is first opened after a firing. It's very exciting for both spectator and the potter, since it's always somewhat of a surprise how the glazes, colors and textures interact with each other.
|Nicola looks happy with the results. No wonder. I drooled over every single piece.|
|Steven looks happy, too!|