|Carol Ann Michaelson's Must-have Bowl|
Last year, I only bought one piece, a small lavender-coloured bowl by a Burlington potter (!) named Dale Mark. It has a very simple but elegant shape and a gorgeous, pale colour that is uncommon. This year, I spent more time at the market and even though I wanted to see all of the work before I made a decision about what to purchase, I had to have the above bowl as soon as I saw it. It is quite shallow and very reminiscent of Asian pottery. The artist, Carol Ann Michaelson, has a studio in Glen Williams and was a very interesting person to talk to. She used to do more mass-produced work, but now does more one-of-kind pieces that have been influenced by time she has spent in Japan.
Another piece I bought was from Jay Burn Pottery out of Stratford. It is also a shallow bowl (hmm, is there a trend there?) that has a high temperature-fired, crystalline-looking glaze. It has greens and pale oranges in it and begs to be touched.
Lastly, I bought a small bowl from the local potter, Goldie Sherman, someone who has been a fixture of the local arts scene for as long as I can remember. It has purples and turquoises and an Islamic-like pattern and was inspired by a Sufi poet.