Week in Review: 2017.10

I woke up this morning to a slightly unexpected snowfall, which was breathtaking. Blustery, and a far cry from the springy week we’ve had, but beautiful none the less!

Bright blue skies + blindingly white snow = a dynamite combo. And thankfully it wasn’t enough accumulation to hinder mobility on the roads, so I’ll take it.

Especially with less than two weeks of winter to go!

This week I am so excited to share some finished pottery and glass pieces that I have been diligently working on for over two months.

Let’s get into a peek at my week!

CREATIONS

Glass first…

I am in love with this set of fused mosaic platters that I made. I am having a moment with iridescent glass, and look forward to creating some more work with it.

And now pottery, which takes even more time than glass…

This bowl is a new favorite. Hard to tell by the photos, but it’s very large and will work wonderfully as a serving dish for larges salads, pastas, and the like. The glaze turned out so dreamy!

New candle holders, above and below. Instead of hand pouring candles into these (as I did in the fall) I think I’ll let them be homes for some preexisting pillars.
Everything shown here was made using porcelain, which was new for me. I had only ever worked with stoneware before (a much different texture), and am so in love with this new look and feel.

I made two platters like this, and wasn’t so crazy about the beige/honey colored flourishes within the glazing on top.

But I love the shape, and the coiled foot on the bottom.

The green glaze is a hit, the beige – not so much!

All of these pieces were handmade (meaning not thrown on a wheel, which I was taking a break from), and one of my favorite things to do is manipulate the surface texture of clay. This bowl is one of my favorites!
This tiny, soap dish-esque piece was made from scraps, but I love the glaze duo I picked and it’s a nice little catchall for small jewelry.

I’ve needed a napkin holder for about a year, and finally made one that’s perfect!

The other side… a little drippy, which I dig.

And finally, these mugs. There’s a third, but these two are my favorite of the trio. This is the first time I’ve made mugs with little “feet,” and played with hand rolling on some stamps. Handles are the tricky part for me, though, so I’m happy these came out so well.

I’ve also begun painting again, which is long overdue. I have my younger sister to thank for inspiring me to do so.

I’ve never been able to stick to just one artistic medium – I love them all!

FOOD

I decided to keep experimenting with gluten-free replacements, this week focusing on pasta (ravioli) from scratch. Surprisingly, it went pretty well!

The dough was a blend of several GF flours and starches (buckwheat gives it the speckles), as well as some herbs and spices. After mixing and resting the dough, I rolled it as thin as possible and made a mushroom, onion, and herb filling to go inside.

Using my fluted pastry wheel I sealed the top and bottom layers of dough, and hoped for the best.
The results were pretty great! I made a creamy leek sauce (recipe inspiration found here), which I punched up with some lemon zest + juice, green onions, and some wilted spinach with garlic. It felt great to dig in to a creamy plate of pasta once again, minus gluten/dairy/meat!

Here’s a Portobello Steak with Chimichurri sauce (recipe found here), with some roasted potatoes and veggie quinoa. This was an incredibly satisfying plate!

A not-so-photogenic curry dish with tofu and eggplant and other things… it tasted better than it looks!

And a snippet of the chaos that is my biweekly processing of frozen garden tomatoes from last summer. Well worth the effort to get them thawed, milled, and strained!

PODCASTS

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Creatively, it has felt like a very fulfilling week. I even took new headshots for a friend, which was a fun challenge. Having a degree in photography doesn’t mean I always put it to use, so I’m glad when an opportunity arises!

I’ll end with this shot that makes me smile – June Bug giving quite a look from the couch.

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Happy Friday everyone!

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Creator

Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.

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  1. Betsy, visiting this post made my day! And it’s been a full day! It’s just a few minutes before midnight! I LOVE the glass platters and all the pottery. I’m going to sign up at Patch Crafts so that I can see your things there. I want a glass mosaic platter! Each food dish looks delicious! You are really amazing! SO creative in many ways. I didn’t know that you also paint/draw. Gorgeous blossoms. I’m blown away by one person’s talent. Keep rocking it! <3