Thursday, December 3, 2009
Lately I've really gotten into handmade pottery. I bought Christopher a rad "Sasquatch" mug for Christmas last year (you can read about that here, its a pretty funny story if you've got the time), and I was given this mug (well, a similar one) as a gift from my friend Megan over at Lemonade. I've browsed bowls and baking dishes on more than one occasion, but just can't justify buying any for myself yet. As a gift for somebody else, yes, but for myself, probably not. I keep thinking "what if Eleanore drops one and breaks it?", even though she uses plastic toddler dishes and I rarely give her a "Mommy and Daddy plate". Or what if Christopher drops it and breaks it (if you've read the Sasquatch story, you'll completely understand. Here's another chance, haha, you can read it by clicking here). Or worse, what if I'm the one that breaks it? Then I only have myself to blame, and lets face it, sometimes we feel better when we have the reassurance of knowing that its somebody elses fault (its in our nature, we're never proud of it).
When I first moved here to Abilene, I met this really rad girl, Saybra. Shes an awesome photographer, great taste in music, and obsessed with coffee (seriously, obsessed). We've only hung out a few times, twice maybe (moms, do you find that its hard to find the time to hang out with non-mom friends? its not just me, right?), but shes the type of person that you feel comfortable around, even though you've only met them once before, not awkward (know what I mean?).
The last time I went over to her house, she had mentioned that her husband was a potter, and I remember seeing a few pots laying around, but didn't think much of it. We were there to workout anyways (she lives kind of far away, the reason for our planned workout partnership failure). Something else I noticed, she really likes Gilmore Girls, haha.
Ok but back to the pottery part. And this is so cute-
Not only is her husband, Brandon (you can read his blog, "support your local potter", by clicking here), a potter, but they are having the cutest traditional (this is something that they do every December) right-out-of-their-house, pottery sale. Brandon has an etsy shop, PhillipsPottery, but this weekend they're opening up the doors to their home, serving hot apple cider and cookies (omg, is your heart melting yet?), and doing things the old fashioned way- out of love (don't laugh, yes I really just said "out of love").
For those of you who are local, this event is taking place this weekend at their home showroom, the address is 1049 T& P Lane. If anybody is interested in stopping by at a time other than when the actual event is taking place, has any questions, or wants to gush at Saybra about how freakin' cute her and her husband are for doing this (I know, I've said cute at least 10 times in this blog post), her email is Saybra@gmail.com.
For those of you that aren't local, please take a minute and stop by Brandon's Etsy shop. All of his pots are made from hand-mixed clay and glazed with all natural, and often local materials. No artificial chemicals are used in any of these processes, which makes the pots straight from the earth to the table. All of the pottery is completely functional- microwave, dishwasher, oven and food safe (!!!).
Yes. A very cute event indeed.