Rain clouds kept us off the bikes again today but it didn't stop us from Monday adventures. This week travelling to Minden opened our eyes to some great cafes in this sweet town. The dream of connecting food & drink with my pottery was alive and well today. I know things take time and I must be patient but I'm SO excited to grow the coffee drinks and snack offerings at Chetolah.
First we visited The Gravity Coffee House which is cosy & full of amazing offerings from coffee & tea to smoothies like the one I got with a banana, almond milk, almond butter and an espresso shot. Super delicious:)
From there we headed down the street and happened upon a new spot called Up River Trading Company. This spot has a cafe and gift store with a great new patio along with some fun clay ideas. My favourite piece being a lovely white mug with an owl in the bottom.
It was fun to be a tourist in a local town for part of a day. I love getting inspired by getting outside of the studio which only makes me want to return and get working again.
With a windy & rainy start to the show on friday...the weather cleared and it was a beauty rest of the weekend. A lovely treat to spend the Friday July 19th- Sunday July 21st in Annie Williams Park exhibiting at the 51st annual Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show.
On this great day-off morning we decided to ditch the motorbikes and drive the truck to Lindsay in hopes to tow home a 1967 Airstream trailer. After making the purchase we stopped at Earth & Fire Pottery Studio full of excitement and adventure.
Grahame & Debbie Wales have been creating propane fired functional stoneware pottery for over 30 years. I was lucky enough to purchase a 'happy accident' mug that has a glaze that was unexpected but I love. Visiting this property gave me a glimpse into the future as Chetolah Pottery Studio expands and evolves. We were super blessed with an amazing tour and chat with Debbie Wales. Hearing and seeing the different stages of the couples lives working with clay. I highly recommend a visit to this welcoming property,
During the summer when life is super hectic it's important to take some deep breaths to keep from burning out. This past Monday was what will hopefully be a weekly tradition during this busy time of year to get out of the studio. Exploring the beauty of the area while cruising on our bikes to pottery studios I've wanted to visit since I first moved to the area 7 years ago. FIrst on the list was Lindgren Pottery and although we didn't get to meet Eric or Cathy Lindgren, we got a great tour from Edith.... their dedicated assistant. Also got a sweet little blue mug that is perfect for a morning cappuccino. We must return to get more information on building our own propane kiln and meet the couple who have been running their studio since 1981 which is coincidentally the same year I was born!!!
Tara is a Dorset, Ontario-based artist. She creates both functional and decorative stoneware pieces out of Chetolah Pottery Studio, which she opened in 2007.