In the late 19th century, the rural southeast part of the U.S. had a rich tradition of using ceramic grave markers in the small cemeteries. I love these markers and what they represent. I bought this small book at the NCPC the other day and have enjoyed reading it. There are a few potters around here that make pieces in the tradition of these markers, not to be used specifically for a grave, but to pay homage to the tradition of the marker. In the book, there are some markers that have been made for pets, cremation ashes or as a tribute to a friend that has passed. They are very profound and wonderful pieces of pottery.
The one on the left is owned by a friend of mine. I will let her speak up if she wants to....
If you love pottery, I urge you to see this show, if you can. It is really wonderful and the folks at the NCPC have done a great job, as they always do.
Of course, it's hard to go to Seagrove without coming home with a piece of pottery. Mark and Meredith Heywood at Whynot have been blogging recently about these cups they made for a local brewery. You might remember me posting awhile back about not liking to drink beer from ceramic. After I saw these mugs, I thought maybe I would give it another go. Well, I think I have changed my mind. First of all the last time I tried, I was drinking from a tea bowl, so that was stupid, no wonder I didn't like it! But last night I went out on the porch with my new mug and a can of beer (do not like drinking from a can, that's for sure!) and it was quite a treat. I like the way the cold beer caused the clay to sweat and beads of water trailed down the side of the mug. It was so pretty in the afternoon light, so not only did I have the enjoyment of holding a well made mug, it was a visual experience as well. This is a perfect mug for beer and will be used every evening around 5pm!