"I have always felt that if you put your heart and soul in your work, it will shine through. There is a trueness that I can feel when the work comes from the heart, throughout and genuine. The educated public can feel this, thus I am lucky to live in a state (North Carolina) that has a rich tradition in ceramics." Blaine Avery, Seagrove artisan potter, from Ceramics Now Magazine, November 2011.
I’ve enjoyed watching the North Carolina wine industry grow up around me over the last 10 years. Not only do we have more than 100 wineries, but a lot of them are pretty darn good, too. We have large regional festivals, smaller mini festivals, and various special events throughout our little corner of wine country. If you want to get to know our wines, there are gatherings of like-minded folks happening year round.
I recently added a Dutch oven to my collection of kitchen tools and had to conduct a bit of research as I have never owned one. Basically, a Dutch oven is a thick pot, which can be made from cast iron, ceramic or aluminum. It has a tight fitting lid and can be used with a variety of heat sources such as stove tops and ovens. Dutch ovens have been around for generations. If you’ve ever been to a historical site, like a local plantation with a functional kitchen, you've more than likely seen a Dutch oven.
Did you know that January is oatmeal month? Well, why not? It’s in the title.
It's a new dawn, it's a new year! Happy 2012 loves! It seems like it has been forever since we have last spoke. What a shame that is! This year we have made a vow to mix it up and definitely indulge in some bold design. Ok, so maybe that is our vow every year but we really plan to follow through this time. Try as we might. The most unique and admirable way to achieve the bold look we are adoring is through the use of patterns, people. Patterns. The bold and the beautiful. Not the soap opera kind of bold and beautiful — the pattern type. This can be a very unsettling route to take for some. But in all honesty, you have to jump in feet first. Allow us to get you acclimated.