I took so many photos of so many kinds of pottery and ceramics at La Borne that I'm feeling overwhelmed. I don't know where to start, what to post first or last, or how to organize them. Here are a few that I thought were cute. The all depict animals of one kind or another.
Un chat, un crapaud, une grenouille, et un lapin
Our old friend Cheryl loved owls, and she would have loved these. When she passed away in California, exactly two years ago yesterday, she had in her house a collection of about 4,000 little and large, ceramic and pottery, glass, and wooden owls. Figurines. Set-abouts. Dust catchers. Collecting owls was a joy to her, and she said getting owl figurines as gifts from friends was always a pleasure.
I'd like to be able to give her one or both of these, but she's not there any more. She left life far too early. We had been friends for 43 years when she departed. I knew her through good times and bad, in Illinois, in France, and in California. She was in many ways one of the smartest people I ever knew, and one of the most fragile. I think she liked the fact that there are two words for owl in everyday French, hibou and chouette. Hiboux have head feathers called aigrettes that look like ears or horns. Chouettes do not have those.
Some of the pottery at La Borne is much less traditional. Look at these blue dogs. I saw them on display and for sale at Le Centre céramique contemporaine La Borne, which is in a modern building just down the street from the Musée de la Poterie. Do you find the blue dogs to be decorative-looking?
I'm not sure what this animal is supposed to be. A squirrel? Are those wings or leaves? I don't think it's Rocky the Flying Squirrel, but maybe I'm wrong.
By the way, I just felt a breath of fresh air blow in through the north window in our living room. The temperature got close to 90ºF yesterday afternoon, but the humidity is low, so even without air-conditioning the night was not too unpleasant. Welcome to July.