Frames from Our Weekend

by Landis Carey on May 31, 2011

The long weekend was such a wonderful treat: beautiful weather, time spent with friends, moments in the sun as well as a lot of diligence in the studio.

Hubby had Friday off from work but was recovering from a cold, so while he took it easy, I did as well. As Friday rolled into Saturday, we each headed our for our own adventures: he visited friends down on the shore while I headed to Hoboken for a photo shoot. Dear friends opened their home to me as I poked around taking images for an upcoming Apartment Therapy Green Tour. We then walked around Hoboken tasting this treat and that. It was such a fun (and super hot!) day.

Sunday was Sunday but didn’t have the usual “dreading Monday” tone. It was nice. We spent the morning planning our upcoming vacation to Nantucket. We found a little cottage to rent and dreamed of the adventures we’d have. As the morning wore on, I could see hubby was getting antsy. I planned on heading to the studio—at that point it had been two days since I made any progress—and he itched to go sailing.

Monday was lovely: we woke to a thunderstorm—I was sure the roof was coming down—and we spent the day at home, he reading in the hammock and me gearing up for next weekend’s Open Studio Tour.

I threw dozens of dinner plates, pasta bowls and serving ware. I felt quite productive at first, but I grew increasingly frustrated as I began loosing pieces as they too quickly dried in the sun—the new ultra refined stoneware I’m using has a much greater shrinkage rate as it dries than any other I’ve worked with before.

With all the recent rain, pieces haven’t been drying and my process has been slowed. This would normally be fine—ceramic work requires patience and time—but wanting everything complete by next weekend, I knew it was time to dig in to get everything done.

After several moments of irritation—thinking about lost time and lost material—I figured it was time to focus on the work that had successfully made it through production. To celebrate, we lit up the grill and dined on pottery from Mint Peach Home. Hubby grilled chicken and corn and threw on a few peaches to celebrate the occasion. I steamed sugar snap peas and sprinkled them with truffle salt.

We toasted Peach tea sprigged with Mint to mark the occasion.

(Images: Landis Carey)

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Kayla @ Exquisite Banana May 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm

sounds like a relaxing & soul-filled weekend. just my kind :)


Diane June 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

Your menu sounds delicious. Did you marinate the peaches, or just brush them with some kind of oil?


Landis Carey June 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

Thanks for calling it a menu, Diane! It was one of those moments when we were unloading the fridge of food that would spoil over the week — my friend Heather calls it ‘Everything Must Go’ night :) I really dislike wasting food, so we were just super lucky it all went together! We didn’t marinate the peaches, just threw them right on the grill. The only thing that olive oil was added to was the corn. Even the chicken was simply marinated in balsamic vinegar. It was yummy!


sally sherman June 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm


We just returned from the mountains of North Carolina and I wanted to dash this off to you — best of luck this weekend, we will be thinking of you every single minute and know that all will be a howling success, my dear.

Last weekend’s menu pictured above makes my mouth water — looks delicious — simple fresh food with summer on the way, what could be better. I also like corn brushed w/olive erl.

Best to you :) and your hubby :)


sally sherman June 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Meant to say that your beautiful, simple pottery pieces, striking napkin and tablecloth (placemat?) are all summer bright beautiful, they set off outdoor delectables invitingly.


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