Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hand Building Pottery

What in the world is this thing?? 
It looks like a chimney 
It's not a vase.  It's not a cup.  It's not funnel.  No, it's not a volcano, either…  

My son wants to know if it's the bottom half of a lady.  No, absolutely not the bottom half of a lady.  

What is it?? 

Hint, you put it in the oven
That is an excellent hint.  It isn't a steamer.  By the way, my kids are here offering their suggestions.  Believe it or not, it is for a chicken.  I am going to do a diagram.  Hold on.  

Now that was quick! 

You still have to have this in a pan inside the oven
According to my instructor, the drippings of the chicken will go into the pottery piece, but they will also drip down the side of the piece so you still have to have this in a pan of some sort.  

This was so much fun to make.  It was not turned but rather hand built.  Hope you enjoy! 

I will let you know if it works~ha.

A visit to a shoppe in East Berlin, PA

Lion and The Lamb 

West King Street, East Berlin PA front entrance 

Posted to direct customers to the rear of property 
If you you live anywhere within a few hours of East Berlin, PA,  why not plan a trip to Lion and The Lamb?   There is an open house for the holidays that is coming up this weekend.    I have included quite a few pictures to show you what this shop owner has for sale.  Shops like this are nearly nonexistent.  Lion and the Lamb has been in business for many, many years.  This was the first store that I sold to nearly 23 years ago, and I felt it was a privilege.
Card with hours and date of open house. 

Here is a better shot of the address! 

When I arrived today with my friend,  we actually accessed the shop from an alley way that runs parallel to West King street.  The shop is very welcoming with its beautiful facade.

Antique barn that is location of store

First Sign! 

Love the light! 
She has many things for sale, including my artwork.  Here are some highlights of what she has for sale over the Christmas season!

 Greg Schooner lamp and Kolene Spicher Painting

Absolutely everything pictured in these photos are for sale.  She also has sales going on!  Her taste is so high end and discriminating.  She also has a flare for decorating.  Her home is lovely, too.  

Santa ornaments are darling 

The painting over the dresser is mine (Navy piece) 

We have this HOPE as an anchor! 


…More Kolene 

Whaling piece Kolene Spicher 

Here are some other things for sale in her shop that I liked! She had a lot of very nice antiques.  Below are some rare chalk ware pieces that were made in Pennsylvania.  Gretchen (shop owner) is very knowledgeable about the antiques that she carries.  She told me that this chalk ware was made in Pennsylvania for a very short time (I believe in the mid 1850s).  These pieces are rare and important antiques.  The condition is excellent.

I love this deer. 

All Antique!

Miniature stone fruit- rare! 

Gretchen said that this elephant chocolate mold from France is very rare and unique.  

These represent just a few of the pieces that she had that I felt were beautiful.  She also had some quilts.   The candles pictured above were wonderful.  The whole shop smelled inviting and 'Christmasy'!

Greg Schooner red ware 
Gretchen has always been a big fan of Greg Schooner.  She has always carried a big collection of his best works.  I love his pottery, too.  Google him, he is an amazing 21st century artist.  I have many of his pieces, too.  She had one piece there that is very unusual.  I have been doing shows with him for many years and have never seen a piece like this.  According to Gretchen, it is a one of a kind piece that was never repeated.  If I had the extra cash, I would have bought it.  I have several pieces that I have bought from him over the years that are UNIQUE and I cherish them.

See the date 1988! 
This is a keepsake and something to cherish.  If you know Greg and Mary Schooner, you will agree!

Some more things from the shop! 

She has the shop nicely decorated for her Christmas open house.  The feel and lighting (ambiance) is something that I had difficulty capturing on camera.  My pics do not do the shop justice! 

 Her Christmas tree was about 10 feet tall and covered with  hand made ornaments.  The products in her shop are  all made by American Craftsmen.  This is the part of the scenario that you just won't find around the corner in any old town.  East Berlin is on the way to Gettysburg about 10 mins North off Route 15.  

Hand Painted Furkins 

This is a long post!  However, before I close I wanted to show you another shot from West King Street! 

This looks straight out of the 1700s and is one of the most incredible homes in this Historic Town of East Berlin! It should be on a postcard! 

Look at the brownstone! 

I even love the basement window! 

If you get the opportunity, google East Berlin, PA and stop for an afternoon at THE LION AND THE LAMB!  But do so quickly and try to make the open house!!   While you are there, visit  the Jan Hoffman and Woodward Shop, another historic property just down the street selling authentic reproduction 18th century antiques.  She (Jan Hoffman) makes each and every piece!  


Monday, October 27, 2014

Reproduction antique silhouettes

Decorating with 'Smalls' Around Your Home

It's fun buying and decorating for your home.  Sometimes, however, you want a piece of someone's artwork but you just honestly do not have the space to hang ONE MORE THING!  Here's a simple solution! 

Artwork on bookshelves!! 
Placing artwork on bookshelves is a clever way to layer what you own.  I love old books and have collected  many of them JUST FOR THE PRETTY JACKETS.  I have no intention right now of reading them, I just love the way they look.  I love the silhouettes sitting on the shelves, too, it makes the shelf look complete.

I found this old antique envelope from FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL COLLEGE 

I thought that it would be neat to paint something on this old envelope.  I was pleased with the result.  These little silhouettes are available thru Spicher and Co. who will direct you to a distributer in your area.  OR you can go to my ETSY page KOLENESPICHER Where I currently have two slightly used ones for sale.  

Enjoy and Thanks for looking! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Portrait of a boy

Living with American Folk Art 

Charles Wm. Poor 

My very first large painting 
Let's face it, in life you end up with some stuff that you want to keep but don't know where you want to keep it.  You keep shifting it around…This painting is an example of that!   I happened to have a real love for American Folk Art.  I got it honestly, too.  My mother was an avid collector of New England Antiques.  
Back to this portrait~the story goes like this.  In my attempt to make this look really authentic, I distressed the canvas to achieve a 'stretcher mark.'  Well, the customer that had ordered it didn't want the stretcher mark, so I had to paint another.  This was back in the late 80s, early 90s.  This painting is about 25 years old.   

My customer had great taste and had been influenced by a lady that many antiques people still remember today--Nina Fletcher Little.  This portrait (the real deal) was in her collection.  Back then it sold for like $250,000 (that's a guess, maybe it was half that, but it was still a lot of money).  That is why folk art that is reproduction is appealing.  If you want that look, you can have it and for a fraction of the money.  

As I said, this portrait over the years has been moved all over my house.  I never thought to hang it over my bed until just recently when I decided to pick up some new Flannel bedding.  Now I have some new nail holes to add to my others :(  

To me, this just 'works'. 
I really love how the golds pick up the golds in the painting.  To get the photo colors correct, I had to sort of add red which turned my wall cover more purple.  But, you get the idea.  

I think antiques will always go with today's styles.  You just have to be determined to give it a try~you have to be willing to 'live with them.' 

On the left side of the bedroom, I have these two pictures below.  The wall is a little bare, to tell you the truth, but I like how it all looks and goes together. 

Blue Birds (with more of that gold)
I have already blogged about this one. 

This painting was one that was sold to Nantuckeet Country
I like how this looks, especially, in front of the old dresser with the ivory key holes.   The flow blue dishes were bought years ago.  If you look around, you can find them today very underpriced.   Love the stone fruit!  Live with what you love, love what you have (dust it), and give what you can (to the needy).  That way, we all have some cool stuff.  That's my motto!