Living in a small town, there are rare opportunities to feel or remain anonymous. Earlier this month, we took the kids out for dinner in town and as per usual, our restaurant choice decision making process was comical. After negating one another's choices, we finally came to a consensus, only to be turned away because of wait list times and so we steered the kids into another busy eatery that would take us without a reservation.
We were seated next to what looked like an office party, or perhaps an interest group gathering to celebrate the season. Midway through the evening, the group tore into a gift giving activity, it could even have been a secret santa type exchange. Our family attempted to politely observe and not eavesdrop, but it was fun to watch the gift reveal.
Halfway through the exchange and our meal, Robin leaned in to us and quietly announced, "Look, there is one of my mugs!"
And there it was! A wide mouthed shorty, wood-fired, and perfect for a latte lover. It was a sweet reminder of how the pots, created with intent and purpose in the studio go out into the world and take on a life of their own. Perhaps this mug will become a favourite go to in the recipient's daily morning ritual.
We didn't know or recognize any of the party goers, and they certainly didn't recognize that it was the maker of the mug sitting right next to them. But it was a lovely exchange, for us too - keeping the secret to ourselves.
Wishing you a happy holiday season. May all your gifts be thoughtfully selected and handmade this year.
Merry Christmas from the DuPonts!
Kiln logs are often the most under-appreciated studio tool, and yet one of the most essentials when it comes to keeping track of what has been done in the past.