This weekend will be a very busy one for us. I’m going to be at a wine tour displaying some of our wonderful wine bricks, goblets and so forth. It’s a two-day wine tour event at Rocky Creek Winery running from 10 until 4 PM both Saturday and Sunday. This is an award winning winery, offering an amazing selection from whites through to full-bodied red wines and assorted sauces. Rocky Creek Winery is located in the Cowichan Valley at 1854 Myhrest Rd. Cowichan Bay, BC, V0R 1N1, (ph. 250-748-5622). It’s in what is often called the warm land, and it’s proving to be excellent award-winning wine country.
The timing is tricky for us. Vic has a huge order due for Alaska by the end of this month. He’s also acting in the Norm Foster play, running at the Ladysmith Little Theatre until September 29th. You can order tickets on line for this hilarious play.
But back to our wonderful pottery. Vic and I have both created some terrific sets for wine lovers, and they’re sure to make wonderful gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, weddings and just about any other special occasion you can think of. All our functional stoneware pottery is lead-free and carefully tested for safety from any potential mineral leeching; it’s dishwasher safe, microwave safe (so nice to know for those hot toddies we’re going to enjoy in the cooler weather), it can be placed in the freezer empty to aid in keeping cold beverages frosty, and it adds beauty to any table.
My pieces are part of the “modern art” series I’ve been enjoying so much (despite neck cramps). Vic’s beautiful pieces are part of his alligator series. The wine bricks are amazing. With these beauties you can keep wine chilled without having to add ice to a bucket; just place the empty wine brick in a freezer and when you’re ready to use it, you’ll find it keeps that white wine chilled without the messy drips of the usual ice bucket approach. Of course you can always use these lovely bricks as utensil holders so that they’re a gorgeous addition to your kitchen counter.
Both lines of work require a tremendous amount of labor. Vic’s work requires multiple glaze firings allowing for both texture and depth in the layered glazes. Mine require oodles of time “painting” on the underglazes. Admittedly all a labor of love.
Our studio will also be open from 11:00 to 4:00 on Saturday and from 10:00 until 2:00 PM this Sunday.