Friday, August 8, 2014
At one point I tried digging around to find out who the artist was but I misread the signature as Alton and it sure wasn't the work of Alton Kelley so I was stumped.
I couldn't help myself and I began researching the gemini symbol of Gemini G.E.L. to discover the amazing history of print making in Southern California during the late 60's and the art work of John Altoon. I am not sure many people have artwork proofs by John Altoon hanging on their children's bedroom wall but I am happy to say I own it, and I love it.
I can't wait to learn more about John Altoon as an artist and to try and research just where the other artist proofs of the untitled piece from the About Women Prints ended up in this world. I am so glad my friend and mother saved this amazing pieceof history that would have otherwise been lost from the world and gifted it to me.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Looking for a way to utilize left over apples? How about some chewy apple oatmeal cookies.
Blend together until light and fluffy:
1cup margerine or butter
1 cup brown sugar packed
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons Real vanilla because that artificial stuff is gross ;)
MIX TOGETHER dry ingredients in another bowl:
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
Pinch of cloves
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups oats
Mix bowels together
Bake on Convection
325. 11 minutes
cups Peel core and diced apples
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I found this beautiful large (I havent been able to measure it as of yet) Blue Mountain Pottery bowl today. I am not sure if I have seen the logo before but the drip glaze definatly resembles an older Blue Mountain Pottery pitcher I own.
I was informed that this came from an estate as a donation to the non profit store I purchased it from. I also purchased a Blue Mountain Lotus flower dish from the same collection. They had a few pieces, however this bowl appeared to have the nicest drip glaze markings. There are some hardly noticeable cracks in the glaze and some wear inside the bowl (it obviously was a used piece of pottery which I can understand as it is a beautiful bowl and a practical size).
I will try to find some similar blue mountain bowls to see if I can track down more information about the bowl.
This Blue Moutain Pottery piece won't be boxed up nor sold. I plan to display it on my hutch holding a plant so I can enjoy it everyday!
I will edit this post in the near future as it was blogged using my phone ap.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I received a wonderful gift last week from my younger sister and mother. A beautiful new piece of Blue Mountain Pottery full of bright yellow daffodils...
The Blue Mountain Vase is just over 11 inches high with a bmp Canada stamp one it's base.
It has four hard to see hairline cracks in the classic blue mountain green glaze and no other defects.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I discovered this extraordinary McMaster Pottery piece this morning. It`s a two piece set souvenir piece. It was hard to make out the gold location, but a bit of sleuthing determined it was from
South Baymouth - Manitoulin Island, Ontario.
It`s a red clay with adorable scalloping detail flower / leaf detailing in rust brown and red.
I havn't collected any other McMaster pieces but I know there was a McMaster /Blue Mountain Pottery connection and one time and my daughter has a connection to some 'McMaster potters' from Ontario so I will need to research the history of McMaster Pottery/Ceramics a bit more.
I think one small souvenir piece I have in green that was given to me as a gift may also be a McMaster piece as well.
This one called out to me as I am infatuated with bowls, jugs, and pitchers :-)
I found this piece in a small fundraising thrift store that supports a local food bank in Port Alberni BC. It's full of treasures and well worth the time it takes to dig through everything!