Keramisto 2017 ceramics fair: buying tea accessoires.

This weekend I visited Keramisto again, the yearly ceramics fair in the east of the Netherlands. Last year I went for the first time, eager to get some unique tea mugs. This year I returned for more things. I went with my neighbour who is a ceramist herself, and her mother.

We arrived early and it was cold and wet:
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But never mind because within 5 minutes I had bought these two big tea mugs by Ute Böhm from Müritz Ceramics in Germany:
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I bought two of salt oven tea mugs from her husband Markus Böhm last year:

This year I bought a matching plate:
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Then we found a stall showing work from Joop Crompvoets. He’s a man from Swalmen (yes, the small village in Limburg where The Wolbeest has her wool studio and runs the best ice cream shop in the country. This village is magic.) and he is a master potter. He can plan a thing and then make the thing!

He makes tea things in wonderful salt oven techniques:
 pic by Crompvoets

I bought a tea thing!
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Yes, that’s a real handmade tea pot, at my house now. Mine! Wow!
It’s amazing at the touch, so smooth but with many textures and colours to marvel at.

You can imagine that after that purchase I was giddy and thrilled and satisfied and beaming and exhausted all at the same time. We’d only been at the fair for 15 minutes and already I was done!
We spend the next two hours slowly making our way through the ailes, admiring all the work. There is such variety at Keramisto!

Unfortunately it was very very cold and I was not suitably clothed. I went back to the car for some back up wools I keep there….
Not sure I fitted in with sophisticated ceramic aficionados after that:
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But only one person laughed, the rest behaved and let me look at ceramics in peace:
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This was at the stand of Thierry et Christiane Dupuy Joly where I bought a small bowl with big glaze:
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At the next stand I saw these small porcelain bowls by Sylvie Gorde:
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These are ideal to hold water when painting. Let’s see me try tipping over these babies!
They are so fine and translucent. It will be a pleasure to dip my brushes in these.

It was still very cold but the sun came through a bit:
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What’s that?
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We spend a lot of time looking at the wonderful work by Lina Bekeriene (facebook link) from Litouwen:
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It’s raku fired, meaning in a fire pit outside and then while the work is still piping hot it is placed in a vat with saw dust. That’s when the clay becomes black and that’s when the glaze cracks and the cracks become black.
Now note how the moon in this work is made from typical Raku glaze (=cracked) while the other glazes are non-crackling glazes. That is amazingly use of techniques.

My neighbour explained all this to me and made me marvel.
And then she made me smell the work….
It smells of firewood! It is amazing.

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All Lina Bekeriene’s lidded pots and containers and tea pots have secret glazing stories on the inside. Like in the middle of the container or on the inside of the lid. This is an amazing artist and one day I am going to buy something from her.

The weather got better.
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This is the stand of Hubert Eller from Germany, where I bought two little bowls last year which I use every day, sometime even cleaning it out with that fat finger of mine:
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This is work by Ewelina Suchanek, who wants to bring the magic and tactile pleasure of nature to urban people:
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It’s raku fired and there are lichen growing in it. She also has jewellery like this. And many containers and bowls. I bought this wonderful “stone” which lies in the hand so friendly and confirming that I held it in my hand for the rest of the fair:
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This lady makes fine porcelain for sophisticated tea parties:
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Maranke Thunig

Potter’s fun: throw raw clay at a display of wooden shoes (clomps) and if it sticks or gets into the clomp you get a prize. A freshly turned plant pot. No idea how you’re supposed to bring a wet piece of clay home, let alone fire it in a kiln!
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When we were about to leave I ran across the stand of Shrusko Ceramics, whom I had identified previously on the list of participants to pay a visit. You can see why:
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Such friendly and fun work! I love the handpainting, the spontanity of the lines.

They have such eye for detail. They wrapped up my purchases in a really nice way:
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Then we drove away, through wonderful Dutch landscapes, crossing the river by ferry:
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And then we had tea at the inlaws of my neighbour and their pets are as lovely as their people:
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I’ve never had a dog sit in my lap!

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Midwinter hug: Hares running around my head

It’s the Visjö hat in progress.

The pattern is Simply Harika, then a band with a Running Hare chart I designed myself, two Latvian braids and on top the beautiful pattern of hat Selbu Modern.


Selbu Modern  by Kate Gagnon Osborn

The Visjö yarn is such a delight! Sportsweight so more substantial than the Holst Garn Noble (which I haven’t knit with yet…. it was queued for a sophisticated city hat but it seems I’m more at ease with a sportsweight kinda silly sophisticated city hat).

The yarn is so soft. It hasn’t even been washed, I expect it to soften up even more.
The stranded part is soft and warm, excellent to cover my ears.

I have ordered a sweater’s worth of yarn from Lidaholm.nl…. She has a special offer going on at the moment. And I know I will love knitting with this yarn!

A good intention for the new year, knitting a jumper in light green and white, with accents in pink and grey.
It’s a promise of light colours that is very fitting for today, the 21st of December, when light and dark make a pivotal turn in their eternal dance together.

Hares go with light and dark. They are traditionally associated with the moon and they leave their foot prints all over the earth in winter.

Earth’s midwinterdream, by artist Wendy Andrew

ooh, less than 4 euros/ 5 dollars for a card of 15×15 cm (6″ x 6″)?

Shipping included. I’m ordering.

A warm Midwinter hug to you today:
 card by Wendy Andrew

UPDATE: I’ve ordered the book Luna Moon Hare. Wonderful drawings!

I’m very fond of hares. They live in the fields around the cabin and there’s one special individual that lives in the woods right besides us. (S)he knows us and hurries out of sight away slowly when we come near.

I often see him strolling past when I look out the window. I love watching him. When I’m about I see the little dents in the soil where he rests for hours. (S)he’s our cohabitant.

My yellow tea pot features the moon and the hare. It’s yellow like the moon and the little cups (not in picture) have a white inside with a swirl (cloud) and a hare.

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I bought it once, a long time ago, at the Little Japanese Shop in Amsterdam. A pity I have it at the cabin now… I’ve got hares on the mind and drinking tea from a moon hare tea pot would be just the thing.

Weird Wool Wednesday: nutty knitter PR

This picture is currently being used for PR for the Farm- and Countryfair in IJzerlo:

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that’s me!
I’m knitting! I’m wearing hand knits! I’m using an impractical yarn bowl!

The picture was taken on my very first Countryfair, a few years back.
2011 perhaps?
Let’s see, I’m knitting a cap to go with the shawl I’m wearing and it’s not finished and not dyed purple yet. A bit of Ravelry project sleuthing… ah yes, 2011!

The PR people from the Countryfair also use another picture of our knitting table, this one’s from last year:

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I’m famous! I wear that green pixie hat way too often! I’m reversing in age!

Do come and visit during the fair. It’s great fun and I’ll bring cookies to go with my “yarn bowl”: