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tea pots and gloating

updated wed 16 feb 05

 

primalmommy on tue 15 feb 05


Tea pots: I drink coffee but my kids like herbal tea. Our friend in
London sent us all kinds of fruity teas a few years back and they love
the whole thing - mostly the ritual of it. Especially after coming in
from playing in the snow.

So not only is it a major deal to choose the teacup, but it's all about
choosing the tea bag, the little honey pot by Kevin Crowe, and everybody
in charge of his/her own cup. I use an old teapot from my college days
to put hot water on the table for them, and then go about my business
while they pour and steep and slurp and pour again. Kids who can't sleep
get chamomile and warm milk; kids with a tummy ache get licorice tea.

I finally dropped the teapot lid, which I take as a sign that it's time
to make my family a teapot. I know now from Sheila how to make a nice
cane handle, and I am still making tiny teapots (hand building them,
here, because the $5 record player from the Florida Goodwill had a
burned out motor). When I line them all up I will get the kids to choose
a favorite and I will make it "life sized".

I don't know for the life of me why it is so much easier to design
thumbnail sized pots than big ones. Maybe because I can see 'the whole
picture" when it's so small. Maybe because it's so easy to just squish
up an acorn sized ball and start over. One little pot made me mad when I
was throwing off the hump at home and I amused my kids by flicking it
across the studio.

Can I just gloat now about not being in grey-brown, salt-rime-spattered,
icy and slushy Ohio? I have discovered kayaks under the dock and am
spendng longer and longer afternoons in the winding creeks and channels
of the bird sanctuary/creek across from mom and dad's little Florida
house. White snowy egrets are in search of Valentines and are fanning
their wispy show feathers and doing intricate and erotic neck-dances.
Great blue herons are feeding gawky mohawked babies. Ospreys hunt around
and above us; we hope to see a small gator or a big snake. One lovely
golden eagle. Anhingas doing bird yoga, drying wings on the banks. The
cranes and wood stork follow dad's boat in from fishing and wait by his
cleaning dock for grouper and jack and snapper guts, heads and filet
leftovers.

I hate to reinforce gender stereotypes but kayaking is a different trip
when one of my sons is paddling alongside. For my 9 year old it's all
about "Did you see that fish jump? Could I get a fish pole in this
kayak?" and for my 11 year old it's a race...

...but when it's just me in one kayak with little Molly on a cushion
between my knees, it's a meditative thing... we speak in whispers under
the enormous sea grapes, lift swirling blossoms out of the water in
passing. Her little six year old eyes are wide -- "Everything looks very
different here." And she can spot things I never would see -- a lizard,
a nest, some critter peering out of a mat of mangrove roots. My boys
whoop and holler but Molly says, "Let's be very quiet so we can listen
for wildlife sounds".

Clayarter Candi Thorpe and her hubby on the Atlantic coast invited us to
visit, but we had a schedule conflict and hope to make it next year. We
do hope to make a day trip to St. Petersburg, just hubby and I, to visit
William Sheppard and the St. Pete Clay Company.

Now how in the world do I get these tiny teapots home? I am thinking of
Elmer's-gluing them to the bottom of a small box and putting it in my
carry on bag. The glue and bit of paper would burn off in the bisque if
I could remove them without crushing them...

Yours
Kelly from Ohio in Englewood, neener neener. Could I be any more
obnoxious about it?


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Gillian Whittle - Hope Tree Pottery on wed 16 feb 05


Hi Kelly -
Maybe you can use an empty egg carton to transport your tiny teapots home.
After all, they are designed to hold fragile objects!

I love your little teapots, by the way.
Regards,
Gillian

Gillian Whittle
Hope Tree Pottery
St. John's Newfoundland
Canada
----- Original Message -----
From: "primalmommy" >>
> Now how in the world do I get these tiny teapots home? I am thinking of
> Elmer's-gluing them to the bottom of a small box and putting it in my
> carry on bag. The glue and bit of paper would burn off in the bisque if
> I could remove them without crushing them...
>