Recently Mark stopped in at one of our favorite shops on Regent St., HIgher Fire. It is a wonderful gallery/workshop/resource for those of us who love ceramics. Turns out that owner Linda Leighton is moving and won't have a garden in her new home, so she was "de-accesssioning" a wonderful piece by Dan Toberer of Omaha.
Mark had first seen this dramatic upturned platter, with its slashes of white glaze in the interior, at the Cambridge Pottery Festival a number of years ago. That's actually where and when Leighton acquired it. He loved the piece way back then, but it was beyond our budget. This time the price was right, so home it came with him. Then it went instantly out into our garden to serve as a new water feature at the edge of the deck.
We spent a lovely evening with Toberer and his wife, Susan, last month when they were here for the annual Cambridge Pottery Festival. Toberer makes the kind of huge pots we love but have less and less room for indoors or out. This platter, however, looks like it was made for our garden and is also a practical and pretty way to remember Dan and Susan!