Monday, June 8, 2009
Have you ever had a memory recur in your life? Something you thought was so wonderful and beautiful and then forgot about till many years later when something happened to refresh your memory? I had that happen to me recently about a blue poppy I was reading about on Cindy's blog, Artmaking in the North. Cindy showed a photo of a blue poppy in bloom in her yard. It was then that I recalled the only other time I had seen a blue Himalayan poppy.
Gary and I were newly married and living in Foresthill and we stayed at the Monte Verde Inn, on our wedding night 24 years ago. A few months after we were married I was called for a landscaping consultation at the inn. In the middle of the backyard of the inn there was a blue Himalayan poppy in bloom. At the time I felt that poppy was the most beautiful flower I had ever seen. The heavily veined leaves had pushed themselves up through snow with tall buds which opened to reveal a huge blue poppy flower. A flower so delicate looking and yet very hardy since it was able to survive the cold and wet winters, and the dry and hot summers. The color blue occurs only occasionally in the flower world, but it is so wonderful when it does, especially in the blue poppy.
So today I made a blue poppy flower bowl to remind me of the flower in Cindy's garden and the one I saw blooming at the Monte Verde Inn so long ago. I also made a green patterned square bowl with the last of my B-Mix clay. Both bowls were constructed from a slab and then slumped into molds, one metal and one wood. The bowls are decorated with mason stained slip. Although both of the decorations in color appear rather pale now, when they are fired, I am hoping they will darken to a much richer color. These are the same mixtures I used in the past for slip decorating.
In the first garden photo you see a view of the pergola in my herb garden with rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, and French lavender, Lavandula dentata, growing in the foreground. The next photo is as much of a panoramic view of the herb garden I could get from the North side of my house. All the herbs were planted five years ago from 3 inch pots and they have filled in very nicely. I designed the herb garden to be a tapestry of textures and mostly varying shades of green with occasional pops of color. Lavender is blooming on a mound in the foreground and the herb pergola is adjacent the water tank in the background. All of the landscape boulders you see in the photos I post here were harvested from this property and re-positioned by Gary and I. Gary scooped them up with the tractor we had at the time and I directed him in the placement. Please come back again to see more of the projects I'll be making in clay. I always include a photo or two from my garden and I hope you enjoy them. If you have comments or questions, please don't hesitate as I'd truly love to hear from you.