Ancestry

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We are who we are, because they were who they were!

I’ve been wanting to start production on this handmade dinnerware for quite some time now, but haven’t been able to test the glazes yet, and now that we’re moving…I guess it will have to wait a little bit longer.

I am the granddaughter of Portuguese Immigrants!

I’ve been fascinated by my ancestors ever since I was very little. Every time I was at my grandparents house, I’d ask my grandmother. “Can I go see the pictures?” I knew she would let me, but I would ask every single time. As soon as she said “Yes,” I’d go into the guest bedroom, open the cedar hope chest, and gently pick up some of the old photos. Then I’d sit on the bed and stare at the people I never met before, and wonder who they were, and wished I could have met them.

After a while, I’d run into the living room with a picture or two…so my grandmother could tell me the stories again. I loved to hear them, it didn’t matter how many times I heard them. The time I spent with my grandmother was very special to me. I was a very lucky girl to have such wonderful grandparents!

I decided to call this handmade dinnerware “Ancestry” because the design reminds me of Portuguese embroidery. It’s my way of honoring my heritage, my ancestors, my wonderful grandparents.

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I am bound to them, though I cannot look into their eyes or hear their voices. I honor their history. I cherish their lives. I will tell their story. I will remember them.

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New Heart Dishes

I love these new hearts dishes!

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I love black, and I love this color combination.

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Each handmade heart dish is made one at a time, making each one unique and slightly different.

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I think they’re elegant, sophisticated, and chic!

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See the difference in the design!

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I think I’m going to make one for myself!

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This is what the bottom looks like. I glaze the top and sides only, leaving the bottom completely unglazed.

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And here it is in purple, on white stoneware/porcelain mix clay.

I love this color too!

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So pretty!

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The bottom!

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I’m going to try some in red, and electric blue. Then I’ll try some rustic glazes and see what happens.

What color do you like?

Backwater Bay

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The inspiration behind Backwater Bay comes from growing up a mile from the ocean, in a Historic Seaport City, my mother called…The Gateway to the Cape!

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East Beach…New Bedford, Massachusetts, my playground!

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I start with a bag of B-mix clay (a combination of porcelain and stoneware.) I love the texture of this clay, it’s so smooth, and really nice to work with. I roll the clay into a slab using my slab roller, and then add the texture. Then once that’s done, I cut out the pieces I need to form each plate.

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I love my slab roller!

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Backwater Bay brings me back to my roots, to New England, my home. It brings back memories of rocky coast lines, the smell of the sea, summers spent at the beach, building sand castles, collecting sea shells, swimming in the ocean, the smell of suntan lotion, and ice cream cones. But most of all, it brings back memories of time spent with my family, and the people who I love.

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The texture, and design reminds me of ocean waves.

I love it, and I hope you do too!

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I love the way this glaze hugs the texture and magically changes in my kiln, from shelf to shelf. Making all the pieces…one of a kind!

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I’m calling this color…Stormy Sea!

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The off white plates are called…Sand Dollar!

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And now, they come in square!

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New rectangular trays, and coming soon…platters!

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I’ll be testing new glazes, so come back and check them out!

Oh, I almost forgot! A big thank you to my husband for coming up with an awesome name…Backwater Bay! Thanks Honey…I love it!!!

Please feel free to leave a comment, I love hearing from people! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Brooklawn Park

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This used to be my playground
This used to be my childhood dream
This used to be the place I ran to…by Madonna

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Brooklawn Park was my playground. Our house was one street over, up on a hill. I could see it from my backyard, and from the kitchen and dining room window.

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There it is, on the top left of this photo.

I played there all the time. Swinging on the very same swings from the photos above. In the winter I would ice skate on the pond with my Dad. In the summer I’d lay on the grass and watch the fireworks every 4th of July. The park was the center of my world, between my house and my grandparents house.

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When I was in Junior High School, I’d take a short cut through the park to get to school, and then do the same thing to get home. Since Brooklawn Park was a huge part of my life, I’m paying homage to it with this dinnerware collection…called Brooklawn Park. Every time I look at it…it brings back memories.

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The leafy design reminds me of when I’d look up at the trees while swinging as high as I could. I wanted to touch the sky.

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My dinnerware begins with a bag of B-mix clay (a combination of stoneware and porcelain), I really love the smoothness of this clay. It’s wonderful to work with. After rolling it out on my slab roller, I add the texture.

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Each plate is made one at a time, so the design is slightly different from plate to plate. It all depends on where I cut the clay pieces from the slab to make each plate…making each one unique, and different. They come in the traditional round plate and now in square.

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Here’s one plate. I love this design!

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And here’s another one.

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They’ll come in several colors, have to do some glaze testing first. But this green is available now. Feel free to leave a comment. I love hearing from people! Thanks for stopping by!