It's a great day for the Irish! While I've always known that I am part Irish, every six months (or so), 23 & Me re-distributes my ethnic proportions (which today stands at 63.5% Irish). I'm proud of my heritage (not just the Irish part) and have not forgotten the desperate circumstances which compelled three of my grandparents to leave their homelands. I'm also proud of my birth country—especially when she acknowledges (and celebrates) the immigrants who have chosen to become Americans (now and in the past). I like to remind myself that almost no one immigrates to America when everything is great back home. On the contrary, people have always come to America for a better life. There was no brass band waiting for my grandparents when they alighted on Ellis or Angel Islands.
The vase shown above was made by Zanesville (in Ohio) on or about 1910. This specimen has a particularly satisfying deep matte green glaze. Years ago, I was told that Frank Lloyd Wright had just such a vase on his desk. I've never seen the photo, but I've always liked the vase just a bit more since hearing this. Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.
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