Saturday, October 8, 2016

Staying Home Today

Carolina Claymatters Pottery Festival won't be happening today. Early yesterday they decided to cancel. Two days of rain means the grounds will be very wet. We are happy to not drive to Charlotte in the pouring rain, never mind setting up a booth and spending the day in it.

The show is postponed until next Saturday, October 15th. Sadly, Jeff and I won't be able to participate. We are committed to the "American Craft Week" celebration, here in Seagrove, as well as an appointment with a customer for a vessel sink.

We have had some beautiful weather here, leading up to the storm. Comfortably warm days with cooler nights. Great weather for doing all types of activities. In the studio, Jeff and I collaborated on a couple of vases as well as some larger cheese stones. I think the stones are going to look awesome with Jeff's texture on them.


I am also working on some small lidded jars. These will be a good size store coffee.

I started carving yesterday, but they really were a little too soft. I uncovered them this morning and hopefully I can finish them later today.

Cooler temps always inspire me to do some cooking that's more complicated than lighting the grill. First I made gnocchi. Mine isn't the most beautiful gnocchi, but it sure was delicious.

Next up was ravioli! I hadn't used my pasta machine in over 10 years. I have a ravioli attachment that I had never used. Last week I decided to give it a try. 

It worked really well, but it makes very small ravioli, without a lot of room for filling. The filling was roasted butternut squash and it was delicious. The machine didn't allow for a good ratio of pasta to filling. I ended up filling and cutting half of them by hand. My pasta was a little dense. I couldn't find semolina flour at the grocery store so I used all purpose. If I can't find it locally, I may have to order it from Amazon. As soon as get semolina, I am making fettucini...with Alfredo sauce and grilled shrimp!






9 comments:

  1. We may have to do a swap... you teach me gnocchi & I'll teach you canning! Yum!

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  2. I recall that claymatters wasn't your best show last year so if you have to be rained out I guess this was the one to miss.

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    1. Good memory... it rained all day last year too!

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  3. Good choice...we Mud Buddies also decided not to be out in a tent in case of high wind gusts. Not much rain has fallen here, and no wind to speak of. But sometimes better safe than sorry. I want that Shrimp Alfredo though!

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  4. I've never made home made ravioli, your's looks so delicious. We got a bit of rain last night; today we had to pack up early today because we got some huge winds and the covered farmer's market was like a wind tunnel. Thankfully nothing broke but other folks booths were flying through the air and as you know pottery is really breakable compared to vegetables or woven goods or gluten free food stuff. Today I bought more butternut squash, I haven't used it much in the past but am quickly becoming enamored with it.

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    1. Butternut squash is very popular in New England. I have to say that butternut and acorn are my favorites!
      Glad to hear you had no losses at the market today.

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  5. I love the lidded jars! Yum... cooking! The ravioli that we get at the supermarket is a bit on the small side too, I know what you mean about getting the ratio of pasta to filling right. I couldn't help but visualise porcelain going through the ravioli machine, it would make really interesting sculpture... I suppose the little pockets would explode in the firing!!

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    1. Now I will have to resist taking my pasta machine into the studio! I do know that polymer clay artists use a pasta machine like mini slab roller.

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