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Leftovers and purple sweet potatoes turned into a colorful shepherds pie for dinner. . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #leftoversrock   #purplesweetpotatoes   #crazygreenstudios   #wheelthrownpottery  

So excited for my client Piccalilli LA’s opening this month! We’re putting the last of their order on pallets today, and I can’t wait to make a trip out to see it all in action! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #chefpottercollaboration   #piccalillila   #losangeles   #newrestaurant   #eaterla   #wescoverapp   #avlpotter   #individualhandmadedesign  

Does feeling excited to have a day of admin/tax prep/yearly planning make me a geek or a nerd? I’ll take either/both monikers, as will I take this first cuppa before I go have coffee and meet with my bookkeeper. . . . #crazygreenstudios   #adminday   #notalkiebeforecoffee   #getitdone   #letsgo2020👊   #mugshotmonday  

A quick shot of this beauty before it was delivered to the client. I’ve been making, and loving, the cut rim version of this bowl, and hadn’t made one with a round flange in a good while. I love being inspired by clients to create new things, and even more when they inspire me to revisit more classic forms. I’ll definitely be making more of these for the gallery! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlmade   #specialordersdontupsetus   #wheelthrownpottery   #waxresist   #lagunaclay   #trees   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #individualhandmadedesign  

Traveling again soon, so making things from the fridge/freezer/pantry. Tonight it’s a curried corn chowder, of sorts. It always continues to amaze and delight me that little bits of this and that, with some broth and panang curry paste can turn into a very satisfying meal. . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #chowder   #thisandthat   #itswhatsfordinner   #cook90   #currygoodness   #rolledbowls   #crazygreenstudios   #avlmade   #individualhandmadedesign  

I knew the year would end and then begin in a frenzy of activity, and being aware of getting enough sleep/avoiding immune depleting excess has stood me well through finishing a strong year at the studio, being around lots of people through the holidays and having lots of fun, two flights so far (usually the worst incubators) and sharing space with hacking cold sufferers. Taking no chances before another flight and busy week ahead, and girding the immune system with a miso/garlic/ginger/turmeric brew. It’s delicious over a bit of rice, and served in my favorite quote bowl adds immune boosting super powers that will assure when I fly home again in a week, I’ll be ready to hit the studio! . . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #foodismedicine   #soupisgoodfood   #youmusthavethecourageofyourconvictions   #juliachild   #rolledbowls   #quotebowls   #crazygreenstudios   #cook90   #avlmade   #individualhandmadedesign  

My top nine: celebrating favorite designs and new directions, spectacular chef/potter collaborations, treasured clients, and the collective of incredible people I get to work with every day. I knew me driving the lift truck would make it! Let’s go 2020!! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotter   #topnine2019   #yearinreview   #grateful   #nowtimetolookahead   #letsgo2020💪   #madeinnc   #vincentseries   #waxresist   #fillingkilns   #pigsofinstagram   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #chefpottercollaboration   #individualhandmadedesign  

If you travel with a handmade mug, you bring your morning ritual with you, even if it’s with a hotel room coffee maker. For me, it’s a guest suite keurig machine and a coffee pod from my mom’s apartment. I brought a load of mugs (some like this one) as a thank you to the lovely team at Cypress Springs who have made my mom so welcome in her new apartment community. . . . #morningrituals   #foodsafe   #dishwashersafe   #travelsafe   #crazygreenstudios   #avlmade   #myhandlooksweird   #peacemug   #notalkiebeforecoffee   #individualhandmadedesign  

Not the last post of the year, but home while the kiln cools to prepare for guests arriving tomorrow for the holidays, cranking cheesy music, planning meals, dancing and cleaning, and Nick wanted to send out his digital holiday card. I’m so happy to be headed to the end of the year with thousands of pots made, delivered, and being used and cherished by many good peoples, and grateful to be able to do this work with more good peoples, and excited to be welcoming some of my favorite good people to my home and then going down to see my mom, the ultimate good person, at the end of the week. But Nick wants you to know that like the very best of his kind, he wishes you a happy holiday of your choice...and your ultimate demise if he doesn’t get his food/treat/play time when he wants it. . . . #wherenicksits   #itsnicksworld   #hesnosaint   #thgiftthatkeepsongiving   #butilovethefurrybutthead   #happyholidayofyourchoice   #gratefulpotter   #solstice   #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #crazygreenstudios  

I took some pots home to carve- these will be in a January kiln. It was good to get a few new ideas out of my head and into the clay. . . . #crazygreenstudios   #vincentseries   #carvinginclay   #greenware   #lagunaclay   #avlpotter   #madeinnc   #wheelthrownpottery   #individualhandmadedesign  

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to work from home, but today is happily one of those days- one of my fab team is packing pots in the garage ‘shipping’ dept, while I met with bookkeeper and payroll rep and started the deep dive into end of year bookkeeping. While the numbers kept me rapt enough to skip over lunch, being home gave me the chance to roast some radishes, turnips, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes, put together a nice giant salad with various market greens, and make a nice dressing with @wellseasonedtable ‘s roasted garlic-oyster mushroom salt, Highland Gourmet’s Chile-infused ages balsamic, and the soft yolk of a market duck egg. . . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #marketsalad   #bigsalad   #eattheseasons   #eatlocal   #supportyourlocalfarmers   #ifyouloveitputaneggonit   #crazygreenstudios   #individualhandmadedesign  

Need a little something for that someone? These sweet little oyster dishes are perfect for a salt bowl or other lovely condiment, or to hold your spices and wee bits as you lay out your mis en place. Shown here in the granite glaze, and purely for dramatic effect, holding some hibiscus sugar from @wellseasonedtable (although I will be using it soon to coat this year’s Sugar Plums). I have these and another oyster plate form available at today’s Holiday Market at The Village Potters Clay Center - all of Riverview Station will be merry and bright for your holiday shopping needs and desires! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotters   #oysterdish   #holidaymarket   #riverviewstation   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #exploreasheville   #avlmade   #828isgreat❤️   #handbuiltpottery   #lagunaclay   #shoplocal   #smallbites   #chefpottercollaboration   #individualhandmadedesign  

Soon-to-be-soup mushroom cream sauce on fusili with asparagus. Mmmmm. I can’t shake my desire for creamy mushroom something with asparagus. Lunch today added sage to a cashew shiitake cream and a little salt and garlic on pan seared asparagus. The pasta is dressed in olive oil and a bit of turmeric. #reverencefoods   #plantbased   plantbasedfood Plate by Lori Therault #crazygreenstudios  

Still exploring the tools and techniques of creating in the ‘Vincent Series’, and I have a nice batch of things to carve that may possibly get into the last kiln of the year. This one I’m keeping for a while, as it was also an exploration in adding organic movement in the vessel, which gave me new patterns to follow (or not follow!) as I played with more freedom waves in the design. Texture three ways: visually in both the design and the profile, and delightful tactile texture. And while I will explore other glazes on these forms, crazy green is still my favorite. In the mad rush to finish this year’s orders and even start in those waiting to be done in the new year, it’s a treat to take a pause to study something that is not under deadline or any specific expectation other than to see where else it might like to go. . . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlmade   #vincentseries   #wheelthrownpottery   #alteredform   #carvinginclay   #starrynight   #lagunaclay   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #individualhandmadedesign  

Spent the afternoon looking back at the year and planning ahead with my biz coach and let it all marinate in my mind while cranking out pots for the last firing of the year. . . . #crazygreenstudios   #finishstrong   #letsgo2020   #avlmade   #beher   #chefpottercollaboration   #wheelthrownpottery   #lagunaclay   #avlpotters   #individualhandmadedesign   #thevillagepottersclaycenter  

Loving the drama of the morning light on breakfast. . . . #mostimportantmealoftheday   #ifyouloveitputaneggonit   #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #crazygreenstudios  

The bounty of the season. From both my tailgate market visit on Saturday in N AVL and today’s winter River Arts District tailgate conveniently located inside Pleb Winery- fresh red rice (which cooks SO much faster than dried rice!) with some leftover curried veg sauce, sautéed sweet potato, trumpet mushrooms, and sunflower sprouts, some leftover roasted bok choy, a fried egg and a drizzle of chile infused aged balsamic. Inspired by a picture of @ashelindsey ‘s dinner. And in a chopstick bowl soon to make a trip to see a talented artist who will use it as a reference for a much anticipated collaboration. Stay tuned for more on that! . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #eattheseasons   #eatlocal   #supportyourlocalfarmers   #northashevilletailgatemarket   #riverartsdistrictfarmersmarket   #plēburbanwinery   #inspiredbyingredients   #ifyouloveitputaneggonit   #chopstickbowl   #crazygreenstudios   #arroyosecowoodcraft   #individualhandmadedesign  

I loved designing this dinnerware for my client, and just had to get some pictures before it gets packed up for shipping. . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotter   #wheelthrownpottery   #avlmade   #lagunaclay   #waxresist   #bonsaitree   #treesofinstagram   #dinnerware   #individualhandmadedesign  

Getting my Ramen-ish on from Broth Lab this ‘snowy’ day. Getting it to go means enjoying it in one of my beautiful ramen bowls, plus getting the fun of pouring in the broth. Today I’m trying the new Pumpkin Ginger Miso- holy ramenish it’s GOOD!! . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #itsramenish   #brothlabavl   #wheelthrownpottery   #ramenbowls   #crazygreenstudios   #individualhandmadedesign  

One of the Bonsai Tree dinner plates from a commission- each of the 8 plates is different, each my take on bonsai I have seen. Hoping to get some good pictures of the set before it gets packed off to Charleston! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotter   #customdinnerware   #bonsai   #waxresist   #lagunaclay   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #madeinnc   #avlmade   #wheelthrownpottery   #riverartsdistrictasheville   #individualhandmadedesign  

First firing in a good while where I’ve been able to enjoy some extended time with wax resist decorations on pots- already in love with this custom dinnerware set for some very patient clients! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #waxresist   #bonsaitree   #trees   #avlpotter   #lagunaclay   #lagunawaxresist   #individualhandmadedesign  

Each step of my process in designing and creating service wares is my favorite for various reasons, and meeting with clients and deciding on forms and glazes is an experience that I carry with me throughout the making process. Today I met with Heather and Alex, and this stack represents the various elements of their dinnerware with some extras. As it’s the first dinnerware set I’ll be doing in this particular style, it’s being dubbed the ‘Gudac Glaze Combo’, and while it won’t see completion until next year, I’m already excited to make it! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotter   #chefpottercollaboration   #serviceware   #dinnerware   #madeinnorthcarolina   #individualhandmadedesign  

There are many stages in the making process, and after a day at the wheel, it’s possible to feel like I haven’t accomplished much since none of it is finished. Thank you, little hash tags, for giving me that sense of completion, even if it’s just step 1. . . . #crazygreenstudios   #potterlife   #avlmade   #stepone   #greenware   #lagunaclay   #makingallthepots   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #wheelthrownpottery   #chefpottercollaboration   #individualhandmadedesign  

Getting down to the last throwing/making days before starting the glaze cycle again. Homestretch usually means the end is in sight, but I’m still looking for those extra hours to get those few more pots! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotter   #makeallthepots   #avlmade   #potterlife   #greenware   #lagunaclay   #wheelthrownpottery   #individualhandmadedesign  

You know when you open the fridge and sense that there are things about to go off of you don’t do something soon? That was me this morning, and as it looks like I’m having a ‘weather’ day (not enough snow, just wet roads turning to ice in below freezing temps) for at least the first half of the day, why not make a batch of “what’s in the fridge chili”?! In this case, leftover curried butternut squash and the rest of the crudités from the Thanksgiving charcuterie shoot started the chili, finished with a HNG Farm chorizo, leftover salsa, broth, lentils, sweet potatoes, and I’m not even sure what else! I also had some Brussels sprouts, so did a nice braise with shiitakes and fennel bulb. Warming spices and a nice kick from a couple of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce make it worth the rest of the fridge clean out! . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #notreallyasnowday   #homecookingrocks   #leftoverchili   #spicygoodness   #rolledbowls   #crazygreenstudios   #individualhandmadedesign  

David and I had the most wonderful anniversary dinner at @curatetapasbar. I’m so glad I have a partner to share tapas with forever. 🥂🍴🍮🥘 . . . We bought a little Cúrate pig toothpick holder made by a local Asheville artist (@crazygreenstudios). 🐷 In Latin America, it’s lucky to have a three-legged pig in your house. Our wonderful server (Lennel) noted that it’s coincidentally also our third anniversary. Take our money already. 💸 . . . #Curate   #SpanishTapas   #TopRestaurant   #foodies   #CrazyGreenStudios   #Asheville   #NorthCarolina   #nonrevlife   #lifewelltraveled   #enjoyingtheperks   #MasseyfortheNguyen   #anniversarytrip   #traveltuesday  

Grateful for a busy first day of Studio Stroll, and fueling for day 2 plus studio work. Grilled peanut butter season is also here (this time with creamed honey). . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #mostimportantmealoftheday   #grilledpeanutbuttersammieseasonisarealthing   #potterfuel   #crazygreenstudios  

So excited to be among the stellar partners with wares headed up to NYC- get your reservations in now, and we’re sending lots of piggies, so you can have a hand crafted memento of what will be an incredible culinary experience. #crazygreenstudios   individualhandmadedesign . Repost @curatetapasbar with @get_repost ・・・ It’s true! 🗽 @chefkatiebutton is taking Cúrate to NYC for a residency at @chefsclubny from December 4 through February 1st. We are fired up for the opportunity to introduce new friends to the Cúrate way! And of course, it wouldn’t be the same without a few ASHEVILLE partners including @eastforkpottery @brushcan @crazygreenstudios @burialbeer @newbelgium_avl @sierranevada @chemistspirits and more! ✨Reservations are OPEN ✨Check the link in our bio!

The best part of a Thanksgiving theme spread and photo shoot? Well, after devouring all the ‘props’ possible, it’s leftovers! Leftover crudités, stuffing muffins, sweet potatoes, turkey meatballs, and cranberry bbq sauce turned into a nice breakfast hash. Really liking the holiday charcuterie idea for potlucks- making bite sized versions of holiday favorites. hmmmmm... . . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #leftoversrock   #mostimportantmealoftheday   #ifyouloveitputaneggonit   #thanksgivingcharcuterie   #letseat   #rolledplate   #crazygreenstudios   #individualhandmadedesign  

I just discovered roasted grapes and I’m a bit obsessed. Not only did they make my turmeric oatmeal (slightly on the mush side this morning) more visually appealing, these little bursts of roasted sweetness are EVERYTHING. . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #oatsaregoodfood   #mostimportantmealoftheday   #roastedgrapes   #newfoodobsession   #rolledbowls   #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotter   #individualhandmadedesign  

Do you plan your planning? As I approach the end of a stellar year, I want to end strong and start 2020 strong, so I am plotting out my admin days throughout the end of the year, making and prioritizing the various parts of the business side of my business, which will help me greatly in the life side of my life. Admin days are at home, which means home cooking, like some nice farm fresh eggs and sweet potato avocado toasts with kimchee & sriracha. . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #brainfood   #potterfuel   #mostimportantmealoftheday   #beher   #2020vision   #getitdone   #crazygreenstudios   #adminnerd   #individualhandmadedesign  

Loving the natural light in the studio- I’m the only one here right now, so I might just leave the lights off as long as I can still see to trim. Thanks to my fab assistant, once I finish trimming last week’s bowls, I have 100 ’s of clay ready to throw and slabs ready to roll! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotters   #makingallthepots   #wheelthrownpottery   #handbuiltpottery   #lagunaclay   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #chefpottercollaboration   #individualhandmadedesign  

Three new pieces in the ‘Vincent’ series came out of the last kiln, and one is already gone (one in the middle)! I’ll be filling my wet boxes with pieces to carve in the extra moments, because I have hardly the time to indulge them, but I love them so, and it seems I’m not the only one! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #vincentseries   #sgraffitopottery   #scratchsgraffito   #reliefcarving   #trees   #inspiredbyvincent   #avlpotter   #828isgreat❤️   #riverartsdistrictasheville   #individualhandmadedesign  

I had a request for a smaller turkey platter, and here are the extras- just in time for an intimate Thanksgiving feast, or to hold your favorite holiday side dish. At The Village Potters Clay Center gallery as of tomorrow. . . . #crazygreenstudios   #handbuiltpottery   #lagunaclay   #waxresist   #trees   #platters   #avlmade   #avlpotter   #serviceware   #ashevillenc   #828isgreat❤️   #individualhandmadedesign  

Firing day breakfast and second cuppa (first was when it was still dark and much needed, thanks, @summitcoffeeasheville !) from our lovely neighbors at @yuzu_patisserie - this curried cauliflower tart is one of my most favorite things in the world, and getting the last piece for brekkie bodes well for a good firing! . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #cafeyuzu   #potterfuel   #mostimportantmealoftheday   #notalkiebeforecoffee   #wheelthrownpottery   #crazygreenstudios   #individualhandmadedesign  

Another from the ‘Women of Influence’ exhibit, and one that I love seeing people interact with. Even though this poem is printed on the wall, it’s displayed on a turntable, so when you come to the gallery, you can turn it slowly to read it as well. The poem, ‘The Handmaker’ was written for me by my talented friend, Dr. Samantha Borders-Shoemaker, but I chose it to recreate on this piece as a representation of the strength of words shared among the women I’ve known in pursuit of our own excellence. These words build us up, inspire, and motivate us to keep moving beyond all expectation. Those are, indeed, the very best words. To save you going dizzy, here follows the poem: The Handmaker Fine tips of fingers slide on edges and curve supple rounds molding each creation in circles. They are born of fire the tribute vessel and food of life to make daily offerings of comfort and need. Visual carnal driven by eye-catch and palette this is the fodder of art. Lines dance and demonstrate finesse and careful craft of tenderness married with torch tranquility joined in union by the Handmaker. Clay and loaf mud and wheat are but earthen tools humbly pointing back to our finite bond. We ourselves are dust. . . . #crazygreenstudios   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #womenofinfluence   #thehandmaker   #wordsmatter   #drsamanthabordersshoemaker  

LA area peeps- check it out! And I’ll let you know when I’m coming out so we can go together, too! #crazygreenstudios   #chefpottercollaboration   #individualhandmadedesign   #avlmadeinla   #wescoverapp   Repost @piccalillila with @get_repost ・・・ Counting down the days until we can serve up this flavorful spread. Who's ready for #grandopening?   #PiccalilliLA⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠   #newrestaurant   #comingsoon   #losangeles   #dinela   #foodandwine   #westla   #lafood   #eaterla   #foodinla   #socalfood   #culvercity   #infatuationla   #latimesfood   #hungryinla   #lafoodie   #lifeandthyme   #food52⁠   #theartofplating   #chefsofig   #vscofood   #flatlay⁠  

It still amazes me how much moisture the studio retains when we get even a little rain (to be fair, it was a proper downpour this morning!), so I’m hopping from pot to pot, outlining here, carving there, while ramen bowls dry on the cart, all the while boldly believing these will dry in time for one last bisque before I start glazing later this week. . . . . #crazygreenstudios   #slowclay   #sgraffito   #carvingclay   #vincentseries   #lagunaclay   #ramenbowls   #rolledbowls   #piccalillila   #individualhandmadedesign   #garritytools   #diamondcoretools   #avlpotters   #828isgreat❤️   #thevillagepottersclaycenter  

I was going to pack this lovely salad for lunch and have a quick oatmeal before dashing out the door, but realized I likely won’t take the time to assemble it so I’m taking breakfast for lunch and making this my breakfast salad! 🥗 . . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #eatyourgreens   #mostimportantmealoftheday   #notalkiebeforecoffee   #ifyouloveitputaneggonit   #allmyfavoritemorningmantras   #rolledbowls   #crazygreenstudios   #individualhandmadedesign  

I was at the table about to enjoy my lovely brekkie when I realized the stove was still on. The stove is approximately three steps from the table, and this is what I found when I turned around to come back. Nick takes the ‘you snooze you lose’ rule very seriously, so much so he continues to be parked on the chair behind me as I enjoy my lovely brekkie, which is some golden milk-ish oats (oats cooked in oat milk with turmeric, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt) cooked with dried local apples and walnuts, topped with a kiss of VT maple syrup, nibs, and pomegranate seeds. Working some admin at home today, so cranked up the fancy coffee machine and made myself a shot in the dark made creamy with some local sheep’s milk. I don’t generally do dairy, but sheep’s milk products don’t bother me the way cow milk products do, and it’s been so wonderful to enjoy the plain yogurt and milk from Grassroots Farm & Dairy this season! Milking season is over, but thanks to a tip from Andrea from Grassroots Farm (my source), I froze small jars so I can have creamy coffee indulgences until next season. As this is a work at home day, Nick will continue to follow me around, sit near me, and take my seat any time I get up. . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #wherenicksits   #mostimportantmealoftheday   #mugshotmonday   #notalkiebeforecoffee   #northashevilletailgatemarket   #grassrootsfarmanddairy   #rolledbowls   #crazygreenstudios   #individualhandmadedesign  

Meditative Sunday vibes. Work continues to finish up the pots bound for Piccalilli in California, but also to keep piggies stocked for the busy season at Curate. I’ve talked about my stellar team in the Piggery (and Sheeple corral!), and I’m so happy to have them churning out probably my cutest design ever, but they actually get to take time off now and then, and that’s when I get to jump back in. So while Julia gets some well deserved R&R at the beach with family, I get to keep piggie balls cranking ( thingsotherpeopledontsayatwork ) and enjoy the meditative nature of throwing little closed forms off the mound, grateful that they continue to be cherished mementos from a favorite restaurant, and that I have my stellar team who keep them stocked! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #crazygreenstudiospiggeryandsheeplecorral   #curatetapasbar   #pigsofinstagram   #piccalillila   #avlpotters   #avlmade   #wheelthrownpottery   #lagunaclay   #individualhandmadedesign  

Instant Pot Chili Mac on Sweet Potatoes to warm us up on a cool night before an evening of raucous Rummikub, where Judi thoroughly kicked butt. . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #rummikub   #homemadetastesbetterwithfriends   #instantpotcooking   #handmadepottery   #crazygreenstudios   #individualhandmadedesign  

Another piece in the ‘Women of Influence’ exhibit, and one I’ve been asked about a lot because it’s hard to read all the way around the bottle in a picture! The quote is: “There is communion of more than bodies when bread is broken and wine is drunk”, by M.F.K. Fisher. I was drawn to making pots at first because I love to cook and create meals, and experiences, with friends and family. Reading M.F.K. Fisher was reading about experiences I wanted to have and to create, and like her they may be with others, or happily solo. It’s in her spirit that I paired this bottle with a generous cup for one...or generous enough to be shared by two. . . . . #crazygreenstudios   #womenofinfluence   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #mfkfisher   #someofmyfavoritewords   #firstweeatthenwedoeverythingelse   #individualhandmadedesign  

I’ve had several folks contact me about getting a better look at the pieces I created for the ‘Woman of Influence’ exhibit, so I’ll feature them here over the next week or so. First up is the piece titled “Be Her”, named in part after an annual conference I attend through my biz coach because it aptly describes all those women (herself included), ‘who help me up, hold me up, hold me accountable, and are the best darn partners in crime you can ask for. ‘ These are the words we speak to each other- many of these women have been mentors, and may be people that I looked at and wished to ‘be her’, but mostly they showed me all the power that lay within me, and that to ‘be her’ I need only to truly be Me. And yes, there have been men in my life of equal influence, so if they see themselves in the description, that’s ok with me. There is a limit to the number of people I can tag, otherwise the image would be covered! . . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotter   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #womenofinfluence   #exploreasheville  

A quick peek at my work for the ‘Women of Influence: honoring those who help shape us’ exhibit. I’m really pleased with how these came out, and happy it’s finally time to share them! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #womenofinfluence   #bossladies   #mypeeps   #individualhandmadedesign   #avlpotter   #avlmade   #exploreasheville  

It’s kiln madness this week at The Village Potters Clay Center! Actually, it’s been madness for several weeks, as kilns of all manner and atmosphere are fired for this weekend’s Multi Kiln Opening and for the opening of the ‘Women of Influence’ exhibit. If you’re in Asheville this weekend, we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate clu and celebrate all the wonderful people who support our Village (that would be you!). . . . #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #crazygreenstudios   #womenofinfluence   #multikilnopeningcelebration   #avlpotters   #avlmade   #exploreasheville   #ashevillenc   #craftyourlife   #individualhandmadedesign  

I love to cook, and cooking breakfast is a favorite. So much sometimes I make breakfast for dinner, as I often don’t have time to properly ‘make’ breakfast before leaving the house. I do try to spend at least one day a week prepping either meals or elements of meals, to make it easier to toss together something on the fly, but sometimes you just gotta pull out a quick little meal hack, and in this case, it’s hitting up a salad bar (I use the Co-op or Whole Foods, depending on which part of town I’m in when I make the stop), and fill a small carton with veggies that can help me with a quick stir-fry, pizza topping, or in this case, a frittata that took about as long as it took my coffee to brew. Last picture is just a celebration of peeling the whole apple without a break, which is really so easy with a peeler, it makes me wonder if I can still do it with a knife. We’ll have to wait for the next apple to see! . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #quickbreakfast   #mostimportantmealoftheday   #mugshot   #potterfuel   #notalkiebeforecoffee   #saladbarcooking   #rolledplate   #crazygreenstudios   #individualhandmadedesign  

Sgraffito carving a bottle vase in the ‘vincent’ series, and mapping out the background carving to come on another. These won’t be ready for the Multi-Kiln Opening this Saturday, but based on the early interest in pieces in the works for the event, I thought I should start another batch for restock. . . . #crazygreenstudios   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #multikilnopeningcelebration   #sgraffito   #vincentseries   #acw2019   #avlmade   #avlpotters   #americancraft   #americancraftweekwnc   #lagunaclay   #828isgreat❤️   #individualhandmadedesign  

Made my own ‘shot in the dark’, but then lightened it with oat milk, and enjoying it in my favorite mug from the last firing while I prep materials for my presenting at the Clay Business Hour for our Adv. Ceramics program at TVPCC, which is too much thinking for regular coffee. . . . #potterfuel   #notalkiebeforecoffee   #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #shotinthedark   #mugshot   #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotter   #crazygreenglaze   #828isgreat   #individualhandmadedesign  

One of my favorite tea bowls from the last firing. I managed to get a handful of ‘Vincent’ pieces carved for the Multi-Kiln Opening Celebration happening on Saturday, Oct. 12 at The Village Potters Clay Center. See @thevillagepotters page or website for more details, and come on out and join us! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotter   #sgraffito   #carvinginclay   #vincentseries   #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #828isgreat❤️   #individualhandmadedesign  

Getting excited!! Repost @piccalillila with @get_repost ・・・ Opening month is upon us; get a taste of our Heirloom Tomatoes and Octopus in just a few short weeks. #PiccalilliLA⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠   #newrestaurant   #comingsoon   #losangeles   #finedining   #foodandwine   #westla   #lafood   #eaterla   #foodinla   #socalfood   #culvercity   #infatuationla   #latimesfood   #hungryinla   #lafoodie   #lifeandthyme   #food52⁠   #theartofplating   #chefsofig⁠   #chefplus   #cheflife   #chefpottercollaboration   #crazygreenstudios  

Well it was fun to take a break from the craziness (yes, in this case, packing up pots, show display, and tent, arriving early to set up for a 9am start in the lovely non-seasonal mugginess across from the river, then breaking down said show four hours later and unloading at the studio just before the skies open up IS a break in the current craziness!) for Asheville Coffee Expo, but now all attention is on getting ready for the Multi Kiln Opening Celebration at The Village Potters Clay Center in 2 weeks. This little lovely, and others like it (and not like it at all) will be for sale at the event, as will the work being furiously finished for the Women of Influence exhibit. Actually, a good friend is coming to town, and playing host for the next day or so will truly be a break in the craziness! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #emphasisonthecrazy   #multikilnopeningcelebration   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #womenofinfluence   #avlmade   #craftyourlife   #avlpotters   #individualhandmadedesign  

#ashevillecoffeeexpo   #plēburbanwinery   #crazygreenstudios   individualhandmadedesign Today. Till 1pm. Come get and have a cuppa!

I had a great firing last week, and I’ll have new mugs and cups with me today at Asheville Coffee Expo- come down to Pleb Urban Winery and see what it’s all about! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #ashevillecoffeeexpo   #plēburbanwinery   #notalkiebeforecoffee   #getacuppa   #avlmade   #riverartsdistrictasheville   #individualhandmadedesign  

Yes, I make the pots, box the pots, pallet the pots, and put them on the truck. Handing over the first delivery to the fine folk at R&L Carriers to make its way to California in time for the opening of Piccalilli LA! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotters   #828isgreat❤️   #piccalillila   #randlcarriers   #avlmade   #fullservicepotter   #safejourneys   #avlmadeinla   #individualhandmadedesign  

I’ve been waiting for this little ‘mater from a friend’s garden to ripen, and today was the day. As luck would have it, an avocado was also near perfect, and in a sprouted wheat pocket with greens, mayo, and a sprinkling of sunflower seeds I have the perfect light lunch after sorting out my booth for this weekend’s Coffee Expo. I’ll have cups like this one there, so come and see me at Pleb Urban Winery this Saturday from 9am-1pm! . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #avlpotter   #stilltomatoseason   #crazygreenstudios   #ashevillecoffeeexpo   #pleburbanwinery   #wheelthrownpottery   #lagunaclay   #youhadmeatcoffee   #gardenfresh   #friendswhogrowthings   #arethebest   #eattheseasons  

When you know you only have time for one full kiln load and you’re trying new things, you take gambles with tests and hope for the best. Opening the kiln told me immediately that one slip experiment did NOT WORK, but another did. Which carved pieces were done in which slip would be discovered only in the unload, and happily this bowl, my homage to my mom for our upcoming ‘Women of Influence’ show, was done in the winning slip. Come to our Multi-kiln Opening to see the opening of this show on October 12, and learn more about this piece and other Women of Influence. . . . #crazygreenstudios   #womenofinfluence   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #mymomismyfirstandbestinfluence   #hernamemeansjoy   #handbuiltceramics   #lagunaclay   #sgraffito   #carvedclay  

We have completed The Piccalilli Palette Packing Party, part 1!!! My whole team has contributed to getting me to this point, and extra deep appreciation for Emily as my star slabber, template cutter, glaze prepper, pot cleaner, Kiln unloader, and box packer Supreme. These lovelies will be picked up on Tuesday for a four-day trip to California, and I shall be barely breathing until I hear the hoots of joy on their arrival. Stand by, Piccalilli- pots are coming!! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #piccalillila   #chefpottercollaboration   #avlmade   #avlpotters   #lagunaclay   #828isgreat❤️   #wheelthrownpottery   #ittakesavillage   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #handbuiltpottery   #ilovemyjob   #individualhandmadedesign   #wescoverapp  

My current favorite take out (‘take home!’) comfort food is some variation of bowl from @brothlabavl - per [email protected]@wonders how they get that salmon PERFECT, even after a trip home and replating into one of my rolled bowls, but mostly I’m just glad they do and love every bite. My delicious reward after a 13+ hour firing day, with leftovers for tomorrow. . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #itsramenish   #lifeisgood   #potterfuel   #rolledbowls   #crazygreenstudios   #individualhandmadedesign  

Another piece in process for our upcoming show, ‘Women of Influence: honoring women who help shape us. I have been the fortunate recipient of inspiration and support from so many women, and this poem, commissioned from my very talented friend, poet, and author, Dr. Samantha Borders-Shoemaker, is my submission to pay homage to all those who lifted me up and inspired me with their words. This platter is in the kiln as I post- fingers crossed it comes out as the beautiful piece I envisioned it to be! . . . . . #crazygreenstudios   #womenofinfluence   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #sgraffito   #lagunaclay   #greenware   #craftyourlife   #avlmade   #828isgreat❤️   #poetsofinstagram   #sabordersshoemaker   #individualhandmadedesign  

Firing day fuel, and not only is my frittata delish, but these eggs from Mudluscious Gardens are so beautiful (accented nicely with recently scored tomatoes from @elkmtnmatt ‘s garden). . . . #homemadetastesbetteronhandmade   #homegrown   #tomatoseason   #potterfuel   #mostimportantmealoftheday   #wheelthrownpottery   #firingday   #crazygreenstudios   #thevillagepottersclaycenter  

The hits just keep on coming! #crazygreenstudios   #riverartsdistrict   #828isgreat   #imthebestkbevah  

This week I’ll finish packing up the first portion of pots headed to Piccalilli LA for their opening next month, and I am already so excited by the exquisite foods gracing my pots, including this reversible bowl. . . . . #crazygreenstudios   #piccalillila   #chefpottercollaboration   #avlmade   #avlpotters   #reversiblebowl   #ropetexture   #individualhandmadedesign  

It was a lot of fun, a lot of sun, and a lot of food enjoying different parts of @chowchow_avl the last couple of days, but there’s one more bisque load and time to set up so I can glaze all the pots, now that our gas is back! . . . . #crazygreenstudios   #avlpotters   #avlmade   #greenware   #lagunaclay   #potsforeveryone   #curatetapasbar   #avlcoffeeexpo   #multikilnopeningcelebration   #womenofinfluence   #piccalillila   #thevillagepottersclaycenter   #individualhandmadedesign  

I’m in the Makers Market till 1pm, then I’m headed into Pickled in the Park- let me know if you’re going! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #curatetapasbar   #curatepig   #chowchowavl   #makersmarket   #individualhandmadedesign  

The Chow Chow Makers Market opens today! You’ll find my Oyster Tasting Plates and the famous Curate three-legged pig toothpick holders for sale there along side so many other fabulous makers, and tomorrow I’ll be demonstrating how we make the piggies, from 12-1 at the Makers Market. I was asked recently why these little piggies are so popular, and I certainly can’t speak for all who buy them, but if you’ve been to Curate Tapas Bar, you know how good it is, and I know it’s often on many ‘must-do’ checklists for people visiting Asheville, and a treasured destination for special occasions. These little piggies are wonderful reminders of those visits and special occasions, so it’s no wonder to me that they have been so widely collected. Of course, the best way to get one is when you go to enjoy a fabulous meal and experience at the restaurant, but this weekend only you’ll also have a chance to get one at Chow Chow! AND! Asheville locals will receive a 10% discount at the Makers Market! Hope to see you there! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #chowchowavl   #makersmarket   #oysterplates   #tastingplates   #toothpickpig   #toothpickholder   #luckythreeleggedpig   #curatetapasbar   #avlmade   #exploreasheville   #828isgreat❤️   #avleats   #ashevilleindependentrestaurants   #individualhandmadedesign  

All in all a productive debate. These will be the last Pots to get into one more bisque before next week’s firing, and while they dry, I will enjoy a little Chow Chow! . . . #crazygreenstudios   #getahandleonit   #demdebates   #avlcoffeeexpo   #multikilnopeningcelebration   #womenofinfluence   #chowchowavl   #septemberrocks   #individualhandmadedesign  

Studio view this evening: handles on mugs and the debate. . . . . #crazygreenstudios   #gettingahandleonthings   #mugs   #democraticdebates   #areyouregisteredtovote