In the past few months, I’ve crossed the country a couple times. In June, I flew to Salt Lake City and my younger daughter, Amber, met me , and we aimed her car for Rhode Island. She had been living out west for many years, mostly Jackson, Wy and she wanted a change; so she and her dog were moving back to Newport. On our mother/daughter road trip we visited old friends, old places, listened to good books, good music, avoided tornadoes, rated Days Inns, and renewed an interest in Diet Dr. Pepper. This country is HUGE! In August, I visited my older daughter, Lily, in the Minneapolis area, and discovered the true meaning of Minnesota Nice.
Between trips, I’ve been exploring and playing in clay and working on my 2014 fall line up. Always looking outside for intent and interest, I was drawn to the leaves in the garden. Along with the interesting zucchini leaves, something was growing out of my compost pile. At first the zucchini leaves and the compost mystery plant leaves were small, and once impressed into clay slabs they became small bowls or saucers. But then the leaves kept growing, and the leaf slabs became bigger bowls and trays and serving pieces. The compost mystery plant formed buds, then flowers, then set fruit. AH HAH! the mystery plant was no longer a mystery–it was a second generation hubbard squash which emerged from the seeds of the hubbard squash I used last year–it was a, SON OF A HUBBARD! It was fate–I am now working on my 2014 hubbard bowls!