After all the activity that naturally accompanies moving and settling into a new house, with a good amount of work done, by Friday we were exhausted. We were invited to spend Shabbat with relatives from my husband's side of the family, which we gratefully accepted, especially since we didn't have the time to prepare everything necessary for a comfortable Shabbat at home.
While enjoying good company, pleasant conversation and excellent food, we made a delightful discovery: it turned out our hostess does the most beautiful pottery work I've ever seen. Oh, you can't imagine just how sorry I felt for not taking my camera along, to take some pictures of those wonderful works of art.
Needless to say, their home was one of the most creatively decorated I've ever seen - not only by pottery, but also by different types of art, such as oil paintings and hand-crocheted covers. On the other hand, it didn't look remotely like a gallery - despite the abundance of ceramic vases, jugs, animals, candle holders and other pottery works - but simply like a very cosy home. Many of the plates and bowls used for setting the table were also made right there in the basement, the secret lab of pottery art. :-) If only I could share with you some of the beauties we saw!
On the bright side, when Shabbat ended my husband and I received an improvised pottery session, with an invitation to come again for a more extended one when we can. We were like two delighted children, taking turns at the potter's wheel and seeing how clay changes shape at the slightest touch.
We do hope for a chance to practice pottery again, as time allows. What can be more satisfying, creative and relaxing than working with your own hands?
Illustration photo: potter's wheel