Sunday, November 16, 2014

porchetta dinner with friends






photos by Erin Little


I love entertaining and nothing is more satisfying than happy guests.  My husband and I had long wanted to make a porchetta.  We have been buying half a pig from our farmer friends in South Bristol for the past half dozen years, or so.  This time we asked for the pork belly to be left in one large piece in anticipation of making a porchetta.  The belly is then wrapped around a pork loin and seasoned with fennel seeds, fresh sage, fresh rosemary, garlic and thin slices of orange.  We used a recipe from Bon Appetit that I had ripped out of the magazine three years ago!  We served it with buttery mashed potatoes, sauteed cabbage and apple sauce.  When our friends, and guests, remarked that the meal felt very much like a Thanksgiving dinner I felt sure our dinner was a success!  Dessert brought by our guests included a delicious apple cake, and a stunning triple layer pumpkin cake (seen in the last image above.)  If you would like the recipe it is here.  Also, take a look at photographer, Erin Little's new blog series called Monday's Meal where she featured our porchetta!





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

photo shoot on the coast of Maine




photo by Winky Lewis



A few weeks ago I headed to one of my favorite spots on Maine's coast, Reid State Park, to do a photo shoot with the photographer Winky Lewis.  Winky lives in Portland and specializes in children's photography.   Her work has a magical, dreamy quality to it.   I was very excited to have the opportunity to work with Winky in shooting my newest collection of pieces in the setting that most inspires my work.   Our goal was to photograph my ceramics in beautiful little tidal pools, in beds of seaweed, half buried in sand, tucked between the granite rocks.....all to reflect the earthy, watery quality of the glazing and textures of my work.  Although it was a perfect blue sky day, that made it challenging to shoot. Especially when the shiny glazed pieces were sitting in water where reflections are numerous!   Winky shot many gorgeous images that will be part of a redesign of my website coming later this year.  Thank you, Winky!  And, thank you to my dear friend, Lari Washburn, for being the best assistant on our shoot (as seen below holding the reflector above Winky!)




  




Thursday, July 10, 2014

a fun interview with the photographer Erin Little!







The very talented photographer, Erin Little, came by my studio several weeks ago to document my space.  Honestly, I think I went a little overboard in my spring cleaning to get the studio ready for the shoot.  The studio never looks this good while I am actually in the middle of a project!  Erin's images are gorgeous and I swear she shot every angle so that you get a truly good picture of my work space!  That's my dog Pinkie keeping me company for my portrait shot.  Erin shoots editorial and commercial projects for various publications including Maine Magazine and The New York Times.  She is also an amazing wedding photographer and you can see that work here.

To see the full studio tour and read the interview you can head to Erin's blog.