SheaClay high fired stoneware pottery includes dinnerware, bowls, platters, mugs, decorative ware and more- thrown and altered, stamped, carved and finished with lead free glazes, suitable for oven, dishwasher and microwave.
I strive to create joy in the simplest thing, like really good coffee in a really great cup. It’s that warm moment of appreciation, like when you are struck by the beauty of your surroundings, or when you receive kindness from a stranger, that I try to capture in my work. My pursuits include a balanced overall form with a sense of movement.
I try to create lots of edges and hard lines through carving, stamping, throwing marks- many places for glaze to break, change direction and create more color. I like warm, muted tones that provide a natural background for food and celebration, a form which invites you to pick it up and use it, and good function for service, which enhances the beauty of the form and realizes my initial goal for creating it.
Rose and Black Pepper Thumbprints by Whimsy & Spice: This buttery, crumbly almond-based shortbread cookie has a hint of black pepper and is filled with special rose petal preserves for an unexpected blend of flavors.
Maple Marshmallows: Our new maple marshmallows are made with pure Grade B, extra dark maple syrup from upstate NY and embodies the perfect flavor for the cooler months. Each 1.25″ cube is perfect for eating on its own, but is especially spectacular in a cup of hot coffee. Would also be perfect for homemade smores!
As I write this post, I am on a coffee date with my husband in our all-time favorite independent coffee shop. It’s a luxury that has become a frequent occurrence for us, leaving our busy work weeks behind and whiling away the day reading (him) and knitting (me). This particular coffee shop has a great, relaxed atmosphere and just happens to serve the best hazelnut lattes I’ve ever tasted!
I am a huge fan of coffee, verging on the obsessive, a la Lorelei Gilmore, so I’m salivating over the pretty handmade delights I’ve uncovered for this post. I am also an unapologetic coffee snob, turning my nose up at instant (I don’t care what you say, it doesn’t taste the same) with a definitive bean preference, cultivated during a year in France and a month in Italy (in case you were wondering, it’s Parisian blend). Thanks to living in the US for a few months, I’ve also come to expect free refills of decent filter coffee wherever I am…unfortunately, we Brits are a few years (or ten) behind and we’re still catching on to the coffee craze.
As a teenager and in my early twenties, coffee kept me going during long nights of last-minute studying and assignments. Now, that same buzz helps fuel my writing, knitting, drawing, etc. with a little help from my friend the iPod. My love of coffee makes me feel slightly disloyal…after all, I am English – aren’t I supposed to be promoting tea? But tea just doesn’t have the same effect on me, it has to be coffee.
Coffee has become so integrated into our culture, is it any wonder I’m completely hooked? We meet for coffee (not tea, even in the UK!), we have coffee with breakfast and after dinner, we are rewarded for visiting our favorite coffee shops, not to mention the number of TV characters and shows that are built around coffee (Friends, anyone?).
As I sit here and sip my delicious hazelnut latte, I know this is one love affair that’s not ending anytime soon…!
nism: Hi, I’m Nathan Stapleton-McKinzie. I’ve always loved to draw and paint. I studied painting for a while in Carbondale, Illinois. From there I spent some time Upstate New York where I was represented by the Varga Gallery. At the moment I am working as a Freelance Designer/Flash Animator and living in the Windy City of Chicago. I love coffee and working on art late into the night.