Anne Beyer shares a memory of her Linda Christianson Mug
Anne Beyer shares her story behind where she bought her Linda Christianson Mug. Linda also shared words and encouragement and affirmation for Anne's pursuit of building an anagama kiln in Kentucky after completing a challenging MFA at University of Indiana.
Linda Christianson is a role model for all wood fire potter's; especially for women.
Check out more of Anne Beyer's and Linda Christianson's work by clicking on their names.
Instagram Live workshop
I am doing an instagram take over for Functional Ceramics Workshop today. As part of this take over I am doing an instagram live workshop on making pitchers.
Please join me for a free workshop on making pitchers.
When: Today 1pm central time
Where: Instagram @functionalceramicsworkshop
Lower Unit of Duplex is Done!
I have been working on more projects than just pottery these last few months!
My husband and I have been renovating this 1917 Milwaukee Bungalow, Duplex, and the lower unit is now complete. It has been a labor of love with just a few of the projects including a massive paint overhaul, refinishing floors, and so much more. Oh how I want this unit for myself as it has so many built-ins that would be amazing to display pottery.
Today, my husband and I had our last cup of coffee in the lower unit of the duplex. Here are more pictures of unit below.
Dining and Living Room
The best place to scamper around rock formation in Colorado Springs.
The Garden of the Gods are these amazing rock formations beneath Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. This park is for everyone. As you might expect, it's a really busy park. If possible, I recommend going early in the morning on a week day. An additional perk of early mornings is that the colors are spectacular during a sunrise as the rocks seem redder!
You can enjoy the park via the road that circles around these formations, or on the wheel chair accessible paths, and smaller trails that take you more intimately by the rock formations.
These rocks are a lot of fun to scamper around, and they do allow climbing by permit as well. It really is like nature's jungle gym as there are so many boulders climb on.
Garden of the Gods is a small park. So enjoy not needing a map, and wandering among these amazing rock formations. This park is less about going for many mile long hike as the areas surrounding the rock formations is grasslands, and suburbia.
Granted some of those trails in the grassy area do allow you to get back from the amazing rock formations for some breath taking views of them.
How to make a floral arrangement with crocuses in bud vases.
Bud vases are the perfect form to make floral arrangements with crocus because a crocus's stems are really short. I also love the diversity of colors of the crocus. I picked these white and purple crocuses from my yard, and they make the perfect flower arrangement for Easter!
1. Asymmetric Flower Arrangment
This is my favorite way to arrange flowers in some sort of asymmetrical balance. See how that single white flower becomes the focal point in the flowers.
2. Dome Flower Arrangment
This is where you get all the heights of the flowers to make a perfect domed shape. This dome shape is so voluptuous.
3. Fan Flower Arrangement
Similar to the dome shape except that the fan is wider than it is tall. I like how in this example the flowers span out farther than the width of the vase.
4. Pyramid Flower Arrangement
The pyramid is a triangular shaped flower arrangement. It can be fun to play with the shape of the triangle as well, and how tall of a peak the flowers could make.
All the bud vases were made by yours truly, Lisa York.
Ps. I will be running a giveaway this week. You have a chance to win this bud vase by jumping on my email list; see side by to sign up. In addition, you can get extra entries to possibly win this vase by participating in the giveaway on instagram and facebook.
Happy Pottery B-day
Cheers to my fellow March and April b-days as we learn how to celebrate a Birthday in the midst of quarantine and the COVID-19 crisis. Listed below are some of my approaches to still making my B-day special in the midst of isolation as we quarantine.
1. A Feast of Food at Home
Good food is a must for any celebration!
My husband made us an amazing breakfast before we each started our work day on my Bday. This included a healthy spread of fruit salad, sweet potatoes, avocado, healthy but yummy banana bread, and not feature in the picture was the scrambled eggs. This was perfect for me as breakfast is my favorite meal, and really enjoy savoring slow breakfasts on special days like my B-day.
In contrast to my healthy breakfast was tea time ice cream and cake. Aldi sold this fabulous Godiva lava cake mix which all I had to do was add butter and eggs, and it backed really quickly as well. I loved these mini sized lava cakes and gooey hot center.
2. Great Coffee and Flowers
When it comes to good coffee I have to give a shout out to Stone Creek Coffee's Cream City roast. I'm not an affiliate for them they just make my absolute favorite coffee! I got a 5lbs bag of cream city roasted coffee for my B-day. And you should know that they are offering free shipping right now!
Ps. a mug made by me and beans from stone creek coffee would make the best b-day/thinking of you gift.
Plus my beautiful bouquet of aldi flowers in a Lisa York Arts vase.
3. Takeout and Nature
Finally, a double win with takeout food was getting to support a local restaurant and not having to cook. I ordered pho from Vientiane Noodle Shop. This was a the perfect meal for our picnic at Lake Michigan because it was a little cold to have a picnic. It's good to remember that we are still able to enjoy nature at our local parks we just need to make an effort to keep the appropriate social distance of 6ft.
Haha...so I guess you know my favorite things now: pottery, food, and nature. Well I had a fabulous pottery b-day, and I hope you, my fellow quarantined B-day buds, make an effort to have a special, celebrated Birthday during COVID-19 quarantine as well.
And hey we can always celebrate our Birthday again with travel and/or people post the quarantine. In the mean while, we can day dream of being able to explore and travel again this summer.
Photographer: Vera York
I feel totally spoiled to have another artist in the family. My sister Vera York is an amazing photographer, and a great cook as you can see in the images!
A statement about slow living:
"Being raised with a chaotic and less to normal childhood, anxiety got the best of me throughout my life. As I aged it got worse, I always felt overwhelmed by noise, visual stimulus, or being with a lot of people. I started to realize that I needed to find tactics for myself to help my mental state. This is where slowing down came to be in my life. It’s a learning process but has made a huge change for my mental health and overall well being."
I would highly encourage you to check out more of Vera's Photography and words of encouragement she shares on her instagram page Simple_Mentality.
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