Our daughter who just visited us gave me a very special present! A few years ago she took up pottery, a creative activity that takes a lot of skill and training. Last week she gave me a bowl that she had made, a very, very nice bowl:
It's placed on the sofa cushion to show how well it coordinates with the upholstery. In this next picture it is on the coffee table, which will be its special place in the living room.
I really love anything made by hand. Handmade objects show time and skill, and a willingness to use them to give something of value.
In the 80's I taught Suzuki violin in Kelowna, B.C. for five years. When we left for Regina, my students' parents got together and bought several pieces of pottery from a local studio as a goodbye gift for me. I thought it was about the nicest present I had ever received. There was a coffee pot, a sugar and creamer, six smallish mugs, a dinner plate and rice bowl (for snacks) and 6 luncheon plates, all decorated with a "soft fruit" design, such a very Okanagan icon. The Okanagan is THE PLACE for soft fruits. Many orchards offer U-Pick and it's possible to pick, for instance, huge ripe peaches that come off easily into your hand. It's just not possible to buy that kind of fruit in any grocery store!
Within a year I had accidentally broken the coffee pot, so I simply ordered another one from that pottery studio. I also ordered 5 more dinner plates and 5 more rice bowls and a serving bowl. We still have the coffee pot, the sugar and creamer, 6 mugs, the serving bowl, 5 dinner plates and 4 luncheon plates. All the delicate rice bowls are history. These are the dishes we use every day, and you can be sure that I think of all those good people in Kelowna and feel grateful very often!
I don't plan to use this new bowl that way. It will hold place of honour in the living room for as a long as I'm here.