The leaves are just beginning to turn here in Michigan. Some trees are surrendering early...branches already turning bare with a litter of brown scattered at their feet. Some are stubbornly refusing to acknowledge the weakening of Summer and are as deep green as they ever were. But here and there, just on the fringes, the embers of Fall are coming to life...and soon the woods will be on fire with color.
Autumn is my favorite season, by far. I'm not certain if it's the artist in me that is drawn to the color and the drama of the season, or the farmer in me that looks forward to the bounty of the harvest, but there is some deep connection to the season that has always bound my heart. Maybe it's about going home...geese flying, birds migrating, bears seeking their dens. It's a time for gathering... of crops, of flocks, of people and families who stoke the fire and stir the pot and tell the old stories so the young ones will know. Whatever it may mean to each of us, there is a bittersweetness to the last great fling of Summer before the big sleep of Winter settles in.
Here in my new home in Michigan, I've been missing one of my Fall traditions for the last two years. When we lived in Wisconsin I began a holiday open house at my studio which I always held on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The very first year I tried it, there was a snowstorm and only a few brave souls ventured out to see my little garage workshop behind our home. The second and third years, the word got around and a few more people came by. The fourth and fifth years, I joined a small local art tour happening the same weekend and the crowd grew again. By the sixth year, we had wall-to-wall visitors, the street was lined with cars, and it had become a "tradition" for many of our customers. I hung evergreen boughs throughout the studio, had warm cider and cookies, and pots were piled on every shelf like a bountiful harvest. It was my "gathering"...customers became friends and even family over the years. I truly miss them.
So it's time to do that again. I'll be having my very first holiday open house here at the studio on November 18th and 19th, from 10:00 to 5:00 each day. I'm joining forces with friend and awesome potter, Mike Taylor, who lives just a few miles away and will be open as well. We'll have tons of work for you to shop for gifts for the holidays, or that perfect serving piece for your Thanksgiving table! It's a new venture, and I'm hopeful that it will see the same growth as before, but time will tell. Ya' gotta' start somewhere.
So I'm making new and exciting things in the studio in preparation, and I hope you'll join us for warm cider, cookies, evergreen boughs and warm hearts. Come find something for your home...from mine. Let's gather.