I signed up for pottery classes a few weeks ago, and it’s surprising how much it reminds me of baking.
My surroundings fade away as I fall into a quiet period of total concentration, carefully kneading, preparing surfaces, building, molding, firing, and waiting. Because most of the work I do professionally is on the computer, it’s truly gratifying to use my hands and create something tangible.
When I was 17, I flew to Japan alone. I received these hand-thrown bowls as a gift and imagined I’d learn pottery one day.
The lovely hand-dyed indigo tablecloth comes from Dali, Yunnan Province. I’m folding kusudama flowers.
“When I am engaged in the process of making and firing I am aware of the element of gravity. Earth draws everything towards itself. But I hope to touch heaven.” – A quote by ceramic artist, Yo Akiyama
“Craft skills are often handed down from master to apprentice, as is the case of Juan Mañosa and his son. This vase collection comes from a single lesson of how to use the pottery wheel.”
If we’re instagram friends, you already know how much I love baking blueberry scones in the morning. It only takes a minute to whip up the ingredients and they always come out perfectly delicious!
adapted from “scones recipe”
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter
3/4 cup heavy cream (alternatively, milk or half-and-half)
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon sugar for sprinkling
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
3. Cut in butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture. Pour in blueberries.
4. In a small measuring cup, whisk together cream, and egg. Stir into flour mixture until moistened.
5. Knead the dough gently and pat into a 1/2 inch thick round. Cut into 8 wedges, and place on lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle some sugar on top of the wedges.
6. Bake for about 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
P.S. I recently received the sunshine award, which is “awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspires others in the blog world.” Thank you, Barbara!
I’m supposed to answer the following questions & choose five bloggers to share:
Favorite color: Firetruck red and various shades of yellow.
Favorite animal: Rabbits!
Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Black coffee and cold, cold water.
Facebook or twitter: Lately, twitter.
Getting or giving presents: Exchanges!
Favorite flower: Gerber daisies.
Favorite pattern: Polka-dot.
Passion: Stories for and about people.
Favorite number: 7 or 8.
Five wonderful bloggers I’d like to share:
1. Artwood Lane – because her colorful posts are always so carefully thought-out.
2. You Can Make It Easy – because he documents the little things that make life easier.
3. Crafty Love – because of her photographic adventures and crafty projects.
4. Bonjour Johanna – because her painted copains always bring a smile to my face.
5. It Will Stop Raining – because of her dedication to be conscious about what we eat.
Do you have any favorite blogs around the web? Please do share!