Earthy Greens

Scheurich West German "Wien" Ring-Necked Vase with Muddy Brown and Green Glazing (LEO Design)

As the weather crosses the 45° mark I begin to venture-out into my garden. Having lived for three-plus decades in apartments, I'd have never guessed how much I like working in my little patch of nature. Right now it's (very) early Spring, the time to clean-up: collecting twigs, rearranging the stones, pulling the early weeds. And, naturally, planning what I'd like to do to keep prodding my garden in a particular aesthetic direction.

The ground provides a certain "squishy" sensation at this time of year—and an earthy, mossy smell accompanies it.  I find it intoxicating. The muddy blend of green and brown is so satisfying to me.

Perhaps this explains my long-term affection for green ceramics—especially earthy, organic, natural greens, like the piece shown above. I think it has something to do with the soil's life-giving potential. And rich, moist earth seems like the right place to promote life.

The piece above, made by Scheurich in the 1960's or 1970's, wears earthy green, brown and white glazes. Although it was crafted a half-century after the Arts & Crafts period, it happily accompanies my earlier, period ceramics and furniture. Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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