August 18, 2009

More Guy Wolff pottery as seen in the September MSL

When you receive your September issue of Martha Stewart Living, you will find that it's filled with many wonderful decorating ideas. You'll also find a fascinating story about Wolff Pottery and my visit with master potters Guy Wolff and his son Ben.  I first encountered Guy when I was traversing Litchfield County in Connecticut in search of antiques, plants, and ideas for the magazine. Ensconced in a small wooden building, Guy was busy making flowerpots for gardeners like me. He explained that inspiration came from history, paintings, and his own artistic imagination. I was quite taken by his pots and became a 'regular' customer.

Son Ben grew up watching his father throw pots and it was only natural for him to develop his own beautiful designs, tools, methods, clays, colors, and embellishments. When choosing pots for my greenhouses in Bedford, I went for the more historical shapes Guy made, but asked Ben to design the unique darkish-gray wash on light clay - so remarkable! Please enjoy this blog. These photos were taken behind-the-scenes at the magazine shoot.