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After years of throwing all my pots on a wheel because I didn’t have the space for slab work and hand building I’m starting to rediscover the joy of hand building and the rustic elements it brings to functional ware.
The Wobble Bowls will be making a fresh appearance on the website again soon. They small bowls are just the right size for all sorts of dishes from ice cream to pasta, salad and soup or plating beautiful food like Jason Michael Thomas and the larger bowl is perfect for serving 2-6 people a main dish or side dish. It’s also lovely as a centerpiece filled with fruit.
If your food is humble or glorious it will feel special. One of my favorite things about slow living and daily rituals is that even the mundane becomes elevated when you take the time to enjoy the entire experience.
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The wobble bowls measure approximately 6” diameter and 2” high. The Wobble Serving Bowl measures approximately 11” diameter and 3.5” high. Each one is completely unique and shows the marks of the maker’s hands, delightful glaze variations and is an individual work of art.
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Delicious textures that beg to be touched are one of my favorite things in life. I've been using the wheel for most of my pottery the last few years, but after the holidays I decided to play a bit more with my old love, hand building pottery instead of using the wheel for everything. It felt so good to get my hands back in the clay forming and shaping functional wares out of flat slabs. It's a mental challenge to figure out how best to engineer a piece so I can make it again and again while still allowing little things like folds in the clay, the canvas texture from rolling out the slabs of clay and my finger prints shine through.
The handmade stoneware soup and latte mug is the perfect size for a single serving of anything you'd normally eat in a bowl. I'm partial to mac n cheese in mine. It's also fantastic for oatmeal, soup, snacks, yogurt and fruit, a matcha latte, a smoothie, breakfast scramble, noodles, soup (of course) or your favorite Tinker Coffee latte. You're likely to find yourself reaching for this mug daily.
Do you need some coffee to enjoy with your new cup? You can now purchase my favorite coffee from Tinker Coffee right here!
Each of these Wobble Soup and Latte Mugs is handmade using a dark brown stoneware clay we get from Kentucky Mudworks just a couple hours away in Louisville, Kentucky. The glaze we mix here in our studio in small batches.
You may not receive the exact mug in the photo, but you will receive one from this collection that is equally charming and unique. Keep in mind that there will be some lovely serendipity in the surface and the glaze which makes it more than just a mug, it's also a piece of hand crafted, functional art. The white glaze allows the brown clay to shine through in spots throughout, the batik stamped handle has a unique story of its own (you can read more about that here), and the lip dances up and down as it finishes the top of the pot.
We hope you enjoy your new Wobble Soup & Latte handmade pottery mug as much as we enjoyed making it here in our clay studio in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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The Gavrinis inspired hand carved smudge bowl is going to add a special meaning to your smudge rituals. The bowl measures approximately 4” diameter and is handmade using a dark stoneware clay from Kentucky Mudworks, a woman owned and operated clay manufaturer that we just happen to love.
Use your new smudge bowl with palo santo, sage, sweetgrass, resin, incense or any of your favorite smudge ingredients. Each bowl comes with a small amount of pure silica sand for the bottom so the bowl does not get too hot to hold and to extinguish your burning whatever.
Every bowl is unique. While you may not receive the exact bowl in the photo, you will receive one from this series. We will intuitively choose the bowl for you.
My favorite sage is from Flowering Moon. If you purchase the set of 3 sage bundles from her she will include the directions for her smudging ritual which is my absolute favorite. It is simple to follow and deeply powerful when performed correctly. It’s more than just burning sage and waving it about. She’ll walk you through every step of the process and you will be able to claim your space while clearing the energy with success every time. Click here to purchase my favorite sage bundles from Flowering Moon.
Now for the exciting stuff! This is how the bowl came into being...
When my good friend, Dev Swingholm of Flowering Moon came home from her last trip to France she was alight with stories about visiting Gavrinis.
If you google Gavrinis you’ll find a load of misinformation about it being a tomb with “abstract carvings” dating back to approximately 3500 bc. It turns out, it isn’t a tomb at all but a ritual space and those abstract carvings are actually murals of waves, suns, chevrons, trees, lozenges, coils, spirals and concentric arcs. Those arcs, not abstract at all, are described as “vulvas” and combined with the waves, the carvings “seem to say that the generative force of the Goddess is inexhaustible, rising and flowing like waves,” according to UCLA archaeology professor Marija Gimbutas. Googling “Gavrinis goddess” will get you much more interesting and accurate information.
Reclaiming power as women, the permission to set our own physical boundaries and appreciating the amazing things women do within our civilization has been a motivating force for me this past decade. Not to say I’ve ever been much of a shrinking flower, but knowing that women were once revered as the leaders of their culture and they kept the spiritual wellbeing of their tribes as sacred is heartening. Being surrounded by strong, intelligent women who bring change to their lives and the lives of those around them is inspiring. Finding male friends who support the strengths and power of the women in their lives has given me hope for a future where women do not have to struggle to be valid.
In developing new designs for pottery I have always worked to design objects that function well as intended and to decorate them in a way that means something to me.
Sometimes those carvings say, “f%#* salad, I want cake,” because...hello...cake! Sometimes they are deeply personal carvings inspired by the travels of the women in my circle, meant to empower more women to embrace their inner strength and become the badass they were always meant to be.
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Snuggled on the sofa in the evening with your new handmade Batik Mug filled with your favorite mac and cheese as you decide whether to catch up on some Netflix or just enjoy some music and read a bit while you gnosh - sounds like a great way to end a hectic day, right?
The Batik Mug was designed to be just the right size and shape for everything from your morning latte to your ramen lunch and evening dinner. We use them more than anything in our cupboard. If you choose to use it for soup and do the quick dash microwave heat up, it’s pretty handy that the batik stamped handle of our stoneware soup mug doesn’t get hot. If you keep yours in the freezer, it’s pretty darn handy for icecream, but I have to tell you, the handle definitely gets cold. It’s kind of nice in August, though.
Farm to Table food enthusiast, chef and urban farmer, Jason Michael Thomas has declared on more than one occasion that this is his favorite piece of pottery.
While I prefer to handwash my favourite pottery rather than let it rattle around in the dishwasher, the Batik Soup Mug is microwave and dishwasher safe. If you do choose to put it in the dishwasher, go with the top shelf and make sure it isn't going to rattle against another item that could potentially cause a chip.
The wide handle is stamped with an antique batik stamp. The texture adds grip while the width makes it easy to hold, even when it’s completely full!
Each mug is wheel thrown then the stamped handle is added. Each one is a little different - that’s the beauty of handmade.
This mug is generously sized to hold a full 12 ounce can of soup with room to spare. This makes it just the right size for soup, mac and cheese, cereal, ice cream, lattes, pasta and anything else you like to eat on the go or snuggled on the sofa.
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The Classic White Batik Mug is perfect for your favorite soup or latte. I've even enjoyed using it for my morning bowl of age inappropriate cereal. You'd think at age 46 I'd be over Lucky Charms, but alas, it's just not true. I love 'em.
The Batik Soup Mug is microwave and dishwasher safe, though I personally prefer to hand wash my favorite pottery rather than allow it to rattle around in the dishwasher. That's just my personal preference, though, and you're welcome to clean your new pottery however you prefer! If you do choose to put it in the dishwasher, go with the top shelf and make sure it isn't going to rattle against another item that could potentially cause a chip.
The wide handle is stamped with an antique batik stamp for texture which makes it easier to grip. The width of the handle makes it easy to hold even when completely full to the rim.
Each mug is handmade, first thrown on the wheel before the addition of the stamped handle. The beauty of handmade is each has its perfect imperfections!
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The City Black Batik Mug will elevate even the simplest of comfort foods - no one will realize that your ramen was made with boiling water, not gourmet! You love gourmet ramen, too? Well, then you’re in luck.
Jason Michael Thomas has said on more than one occasion that this is his favorite mug for serving tea, lattes and soups of all kinds.
The Batik Soup Mug is microwave and dishwasher safe and although I personally prefer to hand washing my favorite pottery, you're welcome to clean your new mug however you'd like! If you do choose to put it in the dishwasher, go with the top shelf and make sure it isn't going to rattle against another item that could potentially cause a chip.
The Batik Mug is comfortable in the hand, even when full to the brim. The wide handle is textured with an antique stamp, adding grip, while the width makes it easy to hold.
Each mug is wheel thrown then the stamped handle is added. Because of the handmade nature of the mug, each one is a little different. That's the beauty of handmade.
To learn the story behind the antique hand carved wooden stamp used on the handle, read my blog post about it.
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Symbols of the Sacred Feminine
There was a time - not so long ago - when humans saw the Divine as a woman. A wise, protective, nourishing Goddess.
All around the world she was honored and today her symbols remain. They are consistent. Recognizable. Powerful and magical.
These symbols form a language - a sacred vocabulary that evokes plants, animals, creation, transformation and all the cycles of the Earth.
Goddess symbols appear in Renaisance paintings, gothic cathedrals and stone grottos. They show up in folk art like weaving, handmade carpets, basketmaking, pottery and other women's crafts.
In this workshop, you'll get to know some of these symbols and find out how they were used. Then you'll work with them to create a carved bowl. Later, you can use your bowl for smudging, to hold holy water or to keep your favorite stones or crystals.
This ancient imagery will...
- connect you more deeply with the natural world
- add layers of meaning to your favorite fairy tales and myths
- let you see the Goddess as your ally and guardian
- activate your creativity in new ways
Workshop date: To be announced
Deb Swingholm of Flowering Moon will lead the workshop on the sacred feminine.
Rebecca Prowse of Gravesco Pottery will lead the group through carving their personal symbols into a wheel thrown bowl that she's made in advance for just this purpose.
1417 Commerce Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46201
Enter through the glass doors next to the big overhead door with an A. You'll be guided back to Rebecca's Studio where we'll all participate.
The class is limited to 8 participants to ensure a personal experience and time for carving. No previous ceramics experience is necessary. This workshop is open to adults of all skill levels.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Expect to get a bit dirty, but nothing you'll be using is likely to permanently stain your clothing.
Bowls will be carved at the workshop then glazed and fired. Finished bowls will be available for pick up 2 weeks after the workshop. All participants will be notified by email when the bowls are available. If you're unable to pick up your bowl in two weeks, that's no problem, we can arrange for delivery and work out the details while you're at the workshop.
Feel free to bring your own beverages or snacks for yourself or to share. Light snacks, iced water and wine will be available.