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Cardinals in a Tree Bowl
Two cardinals eating berries from a tree are a festive addition to your holiday table, whether you are serving dinner or need a perfect hostess gift for your mother in law. Sighting a brightly colored cardinal in the otherwise muted winter landscape always brings a little smile to my face. This medium-sized serving bowl (3 in. high x 7 in. diameter) allows you to put them right in the middle of the table. The outside of the bowl is carved with holly berries and leaves.

Spot On Bowls
I have found that often a shallow bowl is much easier to use than a plate when it comes to salads, pasta, and many other meals. As a result, I made this set of eight bowls (each 2 in. high x 7.25 in. diameter) for myself. I did not want to repeat the same design over and over, so I made each one different using a dot motif. Now that they are in my home, I use them every day.

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Ducks in the Pond Vase
This large vase (8 in. high x 6.5 in. diameter) depicts several mallard ducks, Anas platyrhynchos, paddling around the pond and one that is diving under the water for a bite to eat. Sharing the pond at the lower levels are some shy little fish who do not want to show their faces.
The idea for this vase came after a walk through the Boston Public Garden, where there is a small pond. The pond is well known for the swans and swan boats, but thanks to the children’s classic Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, the ducks in the pond are also famous. It is so relaxing to sit down on a bench in the morning with your coffee and watch them, especially in the spring when there are little ones.

Crochet Yarn Bowl
When I do not have clay in my hands, I have been learning to crochet. Clearly my new hobby is having an impact on my ceramic designs. Not only does this bowl look as if it is wearing a cozy sweater, it is the perfect size and shape for holding a ball of yarn while working on a crochet project. It keeps the ball from rolling across the floor and the smooth surface allows the yarn to flow freely. I think this bowl will be joining my personal collection.

Loading the Kiln at Ki Woon Huh’s Studio
This winter I have had the pleasure of studying with Ki Woon Huh at his studio in Sarasota, Florida. He is a master potter from Korea who has won many awards for his work. Working with him has been a fascinating time for me to try new techniques and use porcelain for the first time.
The handmade kiln shown here is partially loaded and includes my first pieces, along with the work of others, made with Ki. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Tree of Life Bowl

The tree of life is used as a metaphor in religion, science, philosophy, and mythology in different ways. Families also use a ‘tree’ to map their ancestry. As the holiday season fast approaches, many of us will be spending more time with friends and family. The tree on this serving bowl (3 in. high x 8.75 in. diameter) represents our connections with others and the world around us.

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Ski Away Bowl
Now that winter is in full swing, those who enjoy snow sports are having a ball. If alpine skiing is one of your favorites, then this bowl may be just the thing for you. Skis and poles are propped up around the outside of the bowl, but inside, 5 people are getting ready to head down the mountain. This bowl (3 in. high x 7.25 in. diameter) would be a great addition to any ski house, or the perfect bowl for treats while you watch the Sochi Winter Olympics from the comfort of your living room.

Skeleton Key Bowl
This bowl (2.5 in. high x 5 in. diameter) is perfect for the table where you empty your pockets, either near the door or on a dresser. I find that a bowl is easier to use as a collector of keys and spare pocket change than a tray. This bowl is covered in old skeleton keys, inspired in part by a fabric I saw as a lining in someone’s purse. In addition, my house has always had a ‘key bowl’, but never one with keys on it. I thought to myself, why not?*

Goldfish Sgraffito Mug
Who needs milk and sugar? How about fish instead? The goldfish swimming around this mug (3.5 in. high x 5.25 in. diameter, counting handle) are a fun start to your day.
Goldfish were first bred in China during the Tang Dynasty from Prussian carp. They were one of the first types of fish to be domesticated. Unless you are the subject of a dare, they are probably better on the outside of the mug than the inside.

Pears Branch Bowl
It doesn’t get any fresher than this–pears still on the tree. This bowl is covered in juicy pears on a single tree branch wrapping around the bowl (4.5 inches high x 6.25 inches diameter).

The bowl was inspired by spring and the huge Clapp pear sculpture in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. I have a couple of small pears created by the artist, Laura Baring-Gould. She is local and her work is also beautifully tactile.