Year of Grace, Day 46. Once upon a dish

Every summer in June, a potters’ fair is held on Bonn’s Münsterplatz, and potters from all over come for a weekend to display their craft. The mugs I use everyday were bought here. The first year I got 2 with a mottled blue glaze and 2 with a butterscotch-like glaze. The year after I got 2 more from the same potter, this time with a turquoise glaze over a grey-beige body. These mugs were not really to my liking at first — as you may have cottoned on to by now, blue is my preference. The interesting thing about these subtle mugs that I hadn’t loved at first sight is that in time, they became my absolute favourites. I have fully and deeply fallen in love with their quiet, subdued, shibui character.

Another item from the fair is a small, flat dish from a Korean lady potter. I had a bit of fun with it and some things lying around the kitchen recently. Simple things from everyday life – for the joy and pleasure that they bring, I am truly grateful.

2 thoughts on “Year of Grace, Day 46. Once upon a dish

  1. I have always wanted to go to one of the pottery fairs in Southern Japan where they sell flawed Aritas for a song. It doesn’t look like I will ever be able to go now – but that’s alright. Things don’t always work out the way you want them to. By the way, is that amber object with rose petals (?) on it a confection?


    • One of my dreams is to visit the Japanese traditional kilns — Shigaraki, Mino, etc. — just slowly travelling from one to the other, staying at the plainest minshuku along the way. The amber object is a piece of Turkish delight (rahat lakoum) with rose petals that a friend brought me one day. It was wonderful with green tea 🙂


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