"The chief source of art is man's pleasure in his daily work, which expresses itself and is embodied in that art itself."
William Morris (1834-1896)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pining Away Thanksgiving.....

We have a great order for several of the pine cone pieces we make and have been busy making them.
The first group of photos show Steve's application of pine cones onto an umbrella stand he is making for a customer. The second group of photos shows my work on a special order for my 'White Pines' piece.

 I forgot to photograph the throwing which was done in several pieces but here is the umbrella stand ready to decorate followed by some photos of Steve adding the detail.

With the  backup... on plaster bats first to facilitate the drying of the bottoms.

then the 'White Pines'

Finished and under cover!

BTW if any of you are in the Catskills or Adirondacks, you may be able to find a copy of the Winter 2010 issue of 'Kaatskill Life'. It is a beautiful magazine highlighting areas and people of interest here in Eastern New York. They do have a website www.kaatslife.com but the most current issue isn't up yet. Besides which you may not be able to access the interior anyway. Keep your eye out for the magazine in local bookstores throughout the region. There is an incredible article in this issue on Steve and I titled 'Claymates' !!

 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. Congratulations on the article...its well deserved!! You do amazing work..
    ....and your pine pieces are incredible...happy thanksgiving!!!

  2. Found your blog a while ago and was so glad. Your work is lovely and that pinecone umbrella stand looks beautiful. (Useful AND Beautiful!)