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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.

Goldfish and Koi Bowls
These shallow bowls (1.75 in. high x 7.5 in. diameter) were inspired by a drawing by LeonardGirl. Her image was a pair of koi most similar to the bowl on the bottom. After finishing that bowl, I thought I would use a similar graphic style for a single goldfish. I love the way the fish look when viewed from above, each bowl a window to the imaginary pond below.

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.

Falling Leaves Vase
Nearly all of the autumn leaves have fallen, but this small vase (4.25 in. high x 4.5 in. diameter) will keep them coming all year. Each specimen is unique, inspired by textiles and natural patterns I noticed while leaf peeping this year. The inside of the vase is glazed in a bright cobalt blue that reminds me of the bluest of blue skies. May your skies be bright and the world around you a delight! (Did I just say that?)

Bugs in Daisy Bowls
This set of four bowls each contains a different surprise at the bottom of the bowl. Imagine Grandma’s face when she finds a butterfly (or a spider) in the bottom of her oatmeal! Each of the creatures– wasp spider, dragonfly, bumble bee, and butterfly are waiting patiently at the bottom of this innocent flower design for you to finish your meal before they make an appearance. Perfect for gardeners, 5 year old boys, and everyone in between.

Fox and Crow Fable Bowl
This bowl (4in. high x 7 in. diameter) illustrates the Aesop’s fable of the fox and the crow. Although there are many variations on the story, the jist of the tale goes like this… A crow finds a piece of cheese and retires to a tree branch to dine. The fox notices the crow and the cheese. Thinking it would be a tasty snack himself, the fox tells the crow he has a beautiful voice. At hearing this unusual compliment, the crow opens his mouth to sing a few notes, and the cheese falls. The fox snatches it up and steals away to eat it himself.

Ski Bunny Mugs
Now that the holidays are over, it is time to get busy on those new year resolutions. These silly rabbits are doing just that with their own self-improvement project. Learning how to ski can be challenging, but there is no better way to get your mind off the cold than having some fun in it. These mugs will have you wishing for more snow, just so you can enjoy hot cocoa in them after your day of play.

Flounder Fishing Bowl
Like the previous post, this bowl (2.25 in. high x 6.5 in. diameter) contains elements of an old story. This one is is based on a tale called ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’ by the Brothers Grimm, with later adaptations by Pushkin, Woolf, and others. A short summary of the original story is that a poor fisherman catches a flounder claiming to be an enchanted prince and the fisherman releases the fish back into the water. Later the fisherman tells his wife the story and she suggests he go and ask the flounder for her wish of a nice house. The fish grants the wish, and the wife’s demands for wealth and power escalate. The flounder grants each of the wishes, but notes that all of the wishes have been for his wife. Does the fisherman have any wishes for himself? The fisherman says he just wants his wife to be happy. The flounder returns the couple to their original hovel by the sea and they live happily ever after. Be thoughtful about your wishes, they may come true!