Welcome to the changing season. We just went to the Main Street Farmers’ Market. We brought home a big butternut squash and a bunch of other delectable delights. Butternut squash means a couple of things. One is we can fire up the oven and warm the house too. The other is the season is here for all winter squash to come to market, especially the kind called pumpkin. Unless they cook, they don’t show up here.
The wood stove is fired up as well, 3rd fire for the season and the first I’ve managed to light with just one match. This stove has a special place in my heart, it is the main contributor of skin burns. Not many, just enough to maintain respect. The studio has given me a fair immunity to such, possibly because most things that cause burns are so hot one develops a lasting physical memory to not touch again.
Another detail of fall’s arrival is we get to work with way less fans going in the shop. Yesterday with no sun until the end of the day, the big fan did not get worked at all. Just 2 or 3 little hens out the back window keeping a loud conversation going most of the morning. It got to about 60° so temps were most comfortable, all the windows and doors open, music at an enjoyable loudness, not the summer time blast to drive out fan noise. Some day I want to site the business below a beauty parlor, or a silkscreen shop, someplace we can pass on the waste heat to so it doesn’t get wasted. In the heat of summer, I’ll walk outside mid afternoon and it feels cool out, even though outside temps may be upper 90°’s. Maybe that is why we took a whole lot of this summer off.
In Gratitude, Prentice Hicks
Our Friends, Bill and Miriam Keener have two youngens, Kelsey and Ann. Ann puts on these wonderful meals with food from her parents’ farm and other local farms as seasons allow. She uses local craft work to serve dishes from and to have soups and drinks in. Plates and silverware aren’t local handmade, yet. Bill and Miriam are here at this dinner at Velo Coffee. Miriam’s mom and dad are here too, Her dad Jim is the guy with the grey ponytail at the right table. Bill and Miriam are at the left table, he’s wearing the green pullover, she’s to his left. They have Sequatchie Cove Farm in Sequatchie, Tennessee about 30 minutes west of the studio. The cups and bowls you see are Anderson Bailey’s . Anderson works with white stoneware and has been working steady with clay since he was 16. He’s an excellent potter. The Chattanooga region is blessed to have a potter of his talent here. The glasses are easily identifiable due to their off kilter and on kilter nature.
The dinners Ann puts on have seatings from 25 to 50. Usual setting is from communal tables to seatings for 4 to 8 per table. It depends on location size how the place winds on getting set up for dinner. In a nutshell, she has beef, lamb or pork from Sequatchie Cove and cheese from the creamery there and veggies and greens from around here. Next to last meal I went to was Indian theme and vegetarian. With dessert to wait for, for sure.
Greetings From Tula and Zsuzsi, …a word about them, when you visit the studio, you arrive at our home, their home. The photo is of them on the Sentinel Rock, part of an exposed limestone formation the house rests on. From the Sentinel Rock, Zsuzsi has a perfect view of the house, the studio, the foot of the driveway, the mailbox, and a fair portion of the chickenyard. In fair weather, it is one of several of her favorite places to nest for a portion of the day.
When I visited the North Carolina studio of the world famous artist, Harvey Littleton, I said to myself, “I want to be like this guy.” So now, down a dead end road, with a house and studio in the woods, we have a large pack that roams freely throughout, all dogs that found us, and who give all the unconditional love of Dog. Thank you Harvey.