Friday, August 8, 2014

John Altoon About Woman Artist Proof xviii Gemini Publisher

Some time ago I 'SAVED' this amazing piece of art that appeared to be pastels. I thought it seemed whimsical so when it was offered to me I excitedly said yes despite some water aging? It had a pencil signature "Altoon" and some sort of embossed Gemini Symbol stamp in the corner. It came home with me and adorned my daughters bedroom wall for almost a year.

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 sent an email inquiry to the framing company which was listed as "Back Door Framing" and never received a reply. Life is busy for this Canadian mom with four children so I have enjoyed the art and got on with life. This morning we moved some bedrooms around and it came down from the wall.

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

Chewy apple oatmeal cookies

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
Blend in:
2 eggs
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

blue mountain pottery bowl

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

Blue Mountain Pottery Scalloped Flower Vase

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

Heart and Stroke Foundation alert for Canadian Parents

This video about the Heart and Stroke Foundations endorsment of a childrens snack as healthy is a must watch for all Canadian parents.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Favourite Place

Have you ever found yourself day dreaming of a favourite place as a means to relax? I have a few places I visit both in my mind and on foot when I need a quiet break. This is one of my favourites. There is a little house ( it doesn't belong to me so I refrain from taking photos of it) just steps away from this creek.  To the right is the edge of a large mountain range (Beaufort Range) where wild wolves run, bears lumber, and deer prance. Across the gravel road behind me taking the picture you find beautiful rolling fields that hundreds of majestic white swans flock to twice a year. On the day of this photo graph there were but a pair of white swans. I imagine they would make for a nice traditional Christmas feast in a month or so ...


This exact spot has found it`s way into some creative writing at the end of my pen, and I am sure will inspire much more writing in my lifetime.... 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Canadian McMaster Pottery souvenir pieces


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!