So, lets start from the beginning. My grandpa was an artist and a potter. When I was little, he had a shed in his backyard with a potter's wheel that was bigger than I was with a kick petal. My cousins and I would take turns sitting on the wheel and being spun around and using all of our strength to push the kick petal down.
When my grandparents asked my mom what she wanted for a wedding present, all she wanted was a set of pottery from Dave Stuart, a family friend and professional potter. All of my aunts and uncles on my mom's side actually ended up wanting the same thing, and my grandparents commissioned four dinner sets from him.
Anyway, that just introduces you to my family's love affair with pottery.
So, with my and Ben's impending wedding, of course the question of what we wanted from my parents for our present was a question. I hadn't really thought about it yet (focusing on graduating) but my mom was all over it. A few weeks ago she asked me if I would want pottery to keep the family tradition alive (I am the first grandchild to get married, so I'm kind of the ground breaker). I was all over it. I was so excited and we started looking into potters and finding out how much they charger (Dave Stuart is no longer in the business). We contacted a potter friend of my grandparents and parents who lives down in Spring City, but he let my parents know that he didn't do commission (it is actually very rare to find a potter who does, there is just too much that can go wrong with the client's expectations and the risks in glazing, firing, etc.) but that we could come look at his pieces. He also let us know the prices. He charges about $65/plate, $35/bowl.
I was immediately in love. I knew it was what I wanted, and his stuff was perfect! Plus, he was having a 10% off sale for Mother's day. What a better time to buy? My mom quickly called my grandparents and they said they were planning on sending my graduation and getting married check that week, so I got to spend a bit more money and get everything I wanted and more.
Now, to the pieces. Sorry about this insanely long post. You can tell I'm excited :) Not everything we got I have a picture of, we actually ordered two more plates in the colors I wanted because he didn't have them in the shop. So, only a couple actual dishes for now, but I have plenty of serving dishes!
|Eating plate #1|
|Eating plate #2|
|Eating/serving bowl #1 (can go with eating plate #2, this bowl is about the size of a cereal bowl)|
|Eating/serving bowl #2 (this can go with one of the plates we ordered, cereal bowl-size) and serving bowl #1 (this bowl is 12" in diameter). Sorry they look the same size in this side-by-side pic|
|Serving bowl #2 (this bowl is about 11" in diameter)|
|Serving bowl #3 (this bowl is about 14 inches in diameter, and one of my favorites!)|
|The bottom of serving bowl #3|
|Deep pie dish or casserole dish (for those of you who don't know, stoneware is oven and dishwasher safe!)|