We have had a lot of nice spring days recently. And when we are not so crazy busy Elizabeth and I (and sometimes Josh) have been enjoying lunch around the Dupont Circle fountain. There is always a lot to look at and makes for an entertaining lunch hour and there are an abundance of pigeons. But, I am finding I am not very fond of pigeons, urban pigeons can be quit aggressive. The only pigeons I love are Mo Williams pigeons. His childrens books are always a delight to read and make great gifts. Two of my favorites are, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy and The Duckling Gets a Cookie.
Life has been kind of busy lately! So, it is great when I have a Sunday morning that I can just sit on the porch and have a delicious breakfast. It a luxury to have the time to read the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal and the Sunday New York Times and just catch up on what is going on in the world.
It was another great year for the Smithsonian Craft Show with lots of returning artist and 43 new artists who were showing for the first time. Here are just some of my favorites…
The amazing carved wood sculptures by, Hunt Clark, were captivating and the bleached surface of the wood was unbelievably beautiful. I cannot wait to place one of these pieces in clients home.
I could stare at these things for an hour and try and figure out how Daniel Keith made them. They were all beautifully executed.
I loved the whimsical forms of Dan Mirer’s work in glass.
My favorite potter returned for his second showing and introduced his new darker glazes. Olen Hsu is a master of porcelain and I was very good, I only bought five pieces.
Teresa Chang returned to the Smithsonian Craft Show after a couple years absence. Her functional pottery and ethereal glazes are always creates a beautiful tabletop.
I am happy to be included in James T. Farmer’s new book, Porch Living, which has five pages of the screened-in-porch at my house, how cool is this and what great pictures. Thanks James, for including me!
Leave it up to Alber Elbaz of the fashion house, Lanvin, to revive the man’s boutonniere. These cotton and silk flowers would look so great on a seersucker suit. And wouldn’t they be cool as the boutonnieres for a wedding party?
I recently discovered the artist; Emily Fischer who creates map quilts which I found to be such a fresh approach such a traditional craft. I purchased one of her DC map quilts, which has the city streets hand stitched and major neighborhoods as an embroidered overlay. I am not quit sure what I am going to do with it but I just thought it was so special and unusual, I had to have it! Maybe she will make one for you…