My father is an incredible artist and I think that’s where I’ve inherited a lot of my ecclectic and free ideas about art. Both my parents have a beautiful sense about art and home, and often my mother has inspired, envisioned or “commissioned” my father’s pieces. He throws pottery mostly, but also sculpts, draws, paints… anything you can think, he can do. He practically refuses however to identify of himself as an artist; fancies himself more of a tinkerer I suppose, but his pottery is amazing and it would sell on etsy or anywhere for hundreds of dollars. Someday I am going to get his ceramics together, even if only a few pieces at a time and put it on a website. The goal would be to share his work with a wider audience. I wish we had photographed each of his creations as they were made- he hasn’t been able to bring himself to sell his work much- but it still manages to leave his hands. Every time family and friends come over someone falls in love with something on display and he insists they take it home. So it’s good people are enjoying his art. I just want more people to discover it. Maybe someday I’ll sneak a couple examples to share with you. Pots with intricate dragons for handles, one-of-a-kind sushi plates, the perfect rice and soup bowls, sake sets, rum jugs, spice bottles… he can do it all.
As if that’s not lucky enough, my mother-in-law is also an amazing ceramics artist! Ceramics artist/knitter/weaver/quilter/seamstress/painter… she can also do it all! Our cupboards are graced with beloved family favorites from both sides. It’s lovely to have potters in the family- special access to one of my favorite artistic indulgences- there’s nothing like a beautiful, hand-made bowl.
Here are some of my picks from etsy and other artists around the web. Much like my father and mother-in-law, they are probably rather obscure and seriously underrated!