This week, we're heading down to bella Italia for a few weeks of business and pleasure. Our friends and neighbors (and one of our Babarolo creative partners) Nicolaas and Esmaralda are getting married in our village, so there will be lots of celebrating. We've got appointments with wineries and are getting ready to set the orders in place for the Babarolo launch in September. All very exciting!
In late August we'll be working on a photo shoot for Babarolo with the hugely talented food writer, cookbook author and photographer Gintare Marcel in Fribourg, Switzerland. We'll be preparing food from Piedmont to go with our wines wines - and it will all be amazing. To prepare, I'm making serving pieces for the photo shoot. The past week has been all about porcelain. Gintare shoots very atmospheric photos, and we will be pairing my various stoneware and porcelain pieces with food items out of our Babarolo gift boxes.
I'm so looking forward to heading to Italy. It's summer and Italy has the best fruits and vegetables in summer. Peaches. Apricots. Peperoncini and fresh garlic. Thyme, rosemary and sage. Big, juicy oxen heart tomatoes. Swiss chard and salad.
When I return in a few weeks, I will be making a number of these porcelain serving pieces to sell. In the mean time, I have this gorgeous piece that came out of my kiln - a stoneware bottle - in shades of lavender, turquoise and cream. This is one of my favorite, self-created glazes and it looks remarkably soft and beautiful on the bottle.
This piece will be going up for sale as soon as I return from Italy, along with a group of new pieces I'll be creating on my return. I'll be sending out a newsletter when the shop is refreshed.
These pieces are a new direction in my work - light, airy porcelain serving pieces that really add a touch of air to any table setting. They are completely different from stoneware, and give me a different kind of creative satisfaction.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on these pieces!
Have a wonderful weekend.