The last of the season 2017 hubbard squash that I purchased at DeCastro’s Farm Stand in Portsmouth is still intact (which shows how cold my cellar is!) and hubbard squash bowls are being created. The squash is used as a hump mold for a slab of clay, and the clay’s surface takes on the squash skin’s bumpy and pitted characteristics. The bowl has evolved into a “vintage model”–vintage lace is pressed into one side of the clay before it is draped over the squash. The bowl inside is glazed with cobalt wash and clear glaze to highlight the lace imprint and the outside is either glazed in royal blue or a combination of blue and green, which give it a mottled organic look.
Hubbard Squash Bowls
Vintage lace collecting seems to be my current past time as I am always on the look out for that perfect doily design which fits a unique shape perfectly. I am learning how lace was made and for what items--pillowcase edging, table scarf borders, collars, cuffs, and more. The workmanship and detail are incredible! Each piece of lace is used repeatedly, with no harm other than clay dust (which can be gently washed out).... any of the lace designs can fit on a wide variety of shapes, so customizing pieces for you is very easy. Get in touch if you'd like some custom, one of kind, serving pieces for your holiday table.
A New Face for Old Lace
Give your grandmother's vintage lace doily a new life and a new purpose by pressing it into clay and making it into a bowl, a platter, a mug, a plate, a spoon rest--whatever you decide! (Clay dust will be washed out of the original doily and returned to you for safekeeping.) Now enjoy that new clay item with your family, thinking of your relative each time you use it. A unique idea for a wedding gift, a birthday gift, Mother's Day, etc.... Once I have received your lace items and we've decided what items you would like created, allow 4 weeks for the finished product. The possibilities are endless! Email for more information fatrobinpottery.com