As I said on Saturday, I am so thrilled to have been added to Doodle Home’s list of featured designers. I also gave you a peek at a wonderful welcome gift Doodle Home sent me and promised to tell you what was in the box on Monday.
Why the suspense? Mostly because I had 45 people coming to a Farm-to-Table fundraising dinner at my home Saturday night and wanted to be able to describe the gift properly. It’s such a fabulous Slow Luxe gift!
By the way, I’ll tell you about the dinner in another post because it was a terrific combination of Slow Food and Slow Luxe Design……
The gift inside the box is truly Slow Luxe Design. It’s the very definition of Inheritable Design, in fact. It is a beautiful handmade tile of a peacock from Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery–the only design known to have been signed by founder, Mary Chase Perry Stratton. It’s gorgeous.
Like I’ve said, Slow Luxe Design is not a new concept. Mary Stratton and Horace Caulkins founded Pewabic Pottery in 1903 and they certainly embraced it. The Arts and Crafts Movement of the early twentieth century embodied it, shunning machine-made products and championing the return of craftsmanship.
Renowned for their heirloom craftsmanship and brilliant, iridescent hand-applied glazes, Pewabic Pottery became internationally renowned. Their architectural tiles have been used in many notable public and private buildings and Pewabic is represented in such museums as the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian.
Today, Pewabic is a multi-faceted non-profit ceramic education institution with a museum, classes, workshops, lectures, tours, and residency programs for studio potters. Their store showcases emerging and established artists.
And Pewabic is also involved in community-building. One of their upcoming events is Empty Bowls.
A number of years ago two artists, Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom had the idea to involve potters in a grass-roots movement to alleviate hunger that had spread too many communities. A simple meal of bread, soup and water, donated by area restaurants, will be held on Saturday, February 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Pewabic Pottery. All proceeds will go to Gleaner’s Community Food Bank in Detroit, which serves area agencies feeding the hungry.
For a donation of $5 to $25, participants get to choose a bowl donated by local artists, students, children’s workshop participants or the Pewabic staff, with which they enjoy a meal of soup and bread. They then keep their bowl as a reminder of the prevalence of hunger and their own power to overcome that hunger.
I’m so appreciative to Doodle Home, for the thoughtful and inspiring, Slow Luxe gift from their home town of Detroit.
Stop by Doodle Home if you haven’t already–to shop. design, learn or connect. And why not take a video tour of Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery if you have a little extra time on your hands?