Friday, March 14, 2008

Artist trade- Grace Sheese

Going back a couple of years ago, I was contacted by a lovely gal named Grace Sheese to make a custom coat. Over the years we've chatted over the phone and through emails and she's become a good cyber friend (unfortunately she's halfway across the country from me). Grace is a very talented potterist (hmmm I don't know if that's a word) and I've been blessed to now have some of her gorgeous art in my home. Words won't do her work justice so I've snapped a few pics of the pieces I have. About a year or so ago we did a trade, I made her a custom piece of clothing and she made me this vase.

A little less than a year ago our dog Delilah died and we had her cremated. I figured we would spread her ashed somewhere at one of our favorite hiking or swimming spots (she was my number one hiking pal and a lover of swimming like me) but Pat wanted to keep the ashes. Since she was his dog I didn't argue, but knew I if we were going to keep them we needed to get something special to put them in, since they were sent to us in a tin that looks like it should have Christmas cookies in it. I immediately thought of Grace's jars, and we planned on another trade, hemp clothing for this jar.

The detail in her pottery is amazing! I can get lost in it finding all the little treasures she's so carefully added. We love the coloring on this piece.... when asked what color we wanted for the jar, I passed the question on to Pat. "The color of Delilah" Pat told me, so matter of factly. So I was very happy when Grace told me she had this beautiful glaze, perfect! This jar arrived today and I am in awe of how gorgeous it is. I was sitting here doing some work on the computer earlier today, when I heard someone coming up our stairs. I looked out to see the postman with a big package for me. I couldn't for the life of me think what could be in that package, I had completely forgotten Grace had mailed the package (haha, even though she emailed me just last night telling me, yep, space cadet). Also in that package were these cups.

What an awesome surprise! Grace made these matching cups for Pat and me as a wedding gift! I love everything about them, especially the glazes and that one is a bit narrower than the other, his and hers!
Well I just wanted to share a few of my most treasured pieces of art in my house- these will always hold a very special place for me because they are my first gallery-quality pottery pieces in my art collection.


DancingMooney said...

Whoo! Yippee... you have a blogger blog now!!!

DancingMooney said...

Okay, now that i've taken two minutes to read your blog post, I just have to say that those pieces are beautiful, and it was especially touching to see how sweet Delilah will rest.

Justine said...

That's SO nice of Grace to send those to ya!!! I love the details, too!

Infinite Cosmos said...

wow! Those are amazing! I'd love to see the coat and other clothing you made for her though!

CreativewithClay: Charan Sachar said...

I love Grace Sheese work too. I still haven't had a chance to see it in person though.
I recently made an entry to by blog too about her designs.