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December 6th and 7th I return to the Brooklyn Historical Society with NYCreates. I will be there with a great group of artists and artisans with everything from photography and painting for gifts to jewelry, clothing and hats. This year I will have have several other potters for company all to tempt you to buy a little something unique for yourself or for someone you love.

dine and travel the world with Egyptian napkin holders

Dine and travel the world with Egyptian napkin holders

Dress your table or Accessorize the walls with one of my Red Hook landscape tiles

Dress your table with the napkin holder  or accessorize the walls with a Red Hook landscape tile.

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For those of you who didn’t make it to BWAC this year to see what I’ve been up to . . . there is still time to check out my latest work. I am happy to be a part of the Park Slope Windsor Terrace Open Studio Tour. You can get a jump start on your holiday shopping or a look see at what I’m working on that will be for sale at NYCreates’ Holiday Crafts Sale this year at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights December 6th and 7th. More details to follow.

I’ll keep you posted so keep checking back to see what’s new and where I will be. Whether you check out my studio or come the the Historical Society I will be with a great group of Brooklyn artist.

Spring is the time of rebirth and renewal as nature rises from its winter sleep.

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BWAC has re-invented itself from the ground up recovering from Super Storm Sandy that brought 5 feet of water rushing into our ground floor gallery on the piers in Red Hook. Our spring show On The Waterfront: Zone A will open May 11th. We are down the street from IKEA and across the street from Fairway. Rumor has it the Water Taxi will be stopping again at Fairway making easy transportation to us from the Wall Street stop in Manhattan or a quick ride from Fulton landing in Brooklyn. It’s a great way to travel to Brooklyn.

If you are wondering what to do with mom a ride on the water taxi, a casual early brunch by the water at Fairway then a short walk along the water to BWAC for the opening weekend of our double decker show. On the ground floor the 4th Annual Wide Open National Juried Show exhibiting the work of over 100 artist from all over the country.

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Upstairs enjoy the work of BWAC’s exhibiting artist from all over the city with On The Waterfront Zone A. The photo at the top of this blog is the first incarnation of my ceramic piece in the show Red Hook Sunset. Come to the show and see the final result.

Personally this past year has been a challenge for me as I rebuild myself after surgery for thyroid cancer. I knew everything would be okay for sure when my surgery date was moved from Friday the 13th to Good Friday.

But I’m back and re-launching my etsy shop with some new ideas that I will release over the next few months. So please check out my etsy site at www.JudithEloiseHooper.etsy.com

Maybe for Mother’s Day you would like to have Tea for two in a one of a kind teapot. Or gift yourself to brighten up a rainy day.

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I love walking down the street this time of year when the streets come alive with the sights and smells of all the beautiful flowers. My favorites are the green spider mums. They look so elegant and graceful especially when I use them with one of my turtle frogs or is it frog turtle?  Put them in a shallow glass dish with a river rocks and a little water and you have something special.turtlefrog

There is more to the ceremony of serving tea than what tea you select and how you prepare it. There is also what you serve it in.  Susan Morris has included two of my tea sets from my etsy shop in her online pottery newsletter in an article on both teapots and hand building. Check out http://www.handbuiltpotteryonline.net/ and you will find my pink teapot set which is my tribute to old fashion tea sets and the memory of little girls all dressed up in their mother’s shoes, gloves and hats maybe drinking a fruity peach or tangy ginger and hibiscus tea blend. Also scroll down to find the Vessel Tea pot set. The shape reminds me of old fashion liners with slow trips to far away places maybe while drinking an earl gray or oolong tea.

If you are in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area stop in and checkout the exhibit which includes my Purse Pot tea set as part of the Janice Charach Gallery exhibit of Shoes, Purses, and Mahjong: A Few of Our Favorite Things. the exhibit will  run from October 30th until December 22nd. 2011. You can find them online at http://www.charachgallery@jccdet.org.

In case you’d like something to snack on while your eyes feast on my new etsy shop here is the recipe for the scones in the beautiful photograph below. If you use yogurt, thin it out with soy milk until it has the same consistency as heavy cream but leave room for a little beer. Told to me by my brother Wayne as told to him by our Uncle James . . . it helps the scones to rise. The beautiful photographs for my shop were taken by photographer, Kevyn Fairchild and the great copy by copywriter Dan Icolari. Thank you both for a great job helping me relaunch.

CHERRY GINGER SCONES                                    preheat oven 425ºF

2 cups of flour

2 teaspoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/3 cup diced crystallized ginger

1/3 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries or cranberries or blueberries

scant cup of  heavy cream or thinned yogurt topped off with beer

1)    In a large bowl mix dry ingredients and add fried fruit

2)    Add enough liquid to form a soft dough, turn out on a floured board and knead

3)    Make a round about ¾” thick and cut into 6 or 8 wedges.

4)    Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes

JULY 16TH  TO AUGUST  21ST BWAC’s  8th Annual summer exhibit THE BLACK & WHITE SHOW. GO to http://www.BWAC.org for details. Come upstairs and see my work on panel # 165

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