Season of Miracles – The Miracle of the Pot + Last Chance Studio Hours
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iday & Saturday, 21 & 22 from 1 to 5 p.m

'Tis the Season of Miracles!
This one is called The Miracle of the Pot!   No, not that kind of pot. And not one that will get you Stone Soup either!

My story begins in India in 1989. I was with an international group of textile artists – then as a weaver. We were guests of the Indian government (on our own dimes) and touring throughout India to specially chosen villages and small towns that were each famous for a specific type of textile technique. Block printing, weaving, ikat, bandini tie-dye, embroidery and with tiny mirrors. And more.

In one of several villages we visited in the far western desert state of Gujarat, I found a beautiful hammered copper Dowry Pot. The tradition was – this would be filled with money, jewelry and other treasure for the bride to take with her to when she went to become part of her husband's family. 

I had to have the pot, purchased it and brought it back from India along with a rug and other textile treasures. The hammered copper Dowry Pot lived, along with other folk art, in my home until three years and a half years ago when I did major downsizing. Sharon Christovich of The Folk Art Gallery was happy to take the pot and some other treasures for consignment in her gallery. There it was, out of sight and out of mind. I moved on, literally and figuratively.

This afternoon, while busy sewing in my Art Works Downtown studio, I suddenly realized it was past time to get up stretch, get some fresh air. As I often do, I took a stroll down the block to The Folk Art Gallery.

On entering, I'm stunned! There, on the counter is my long forgotten Dowry Pot being written up in a sale with some other items . . .
Turned out that the man was buying the Dowry Pot to take to his brother's engagement party as a gift his fiancée. This gift was especially chosen because his brother's fiancée is Indian. I stepped into the conversation, explaining that it was I who had brought it back from India in 1989. He wanted to know all about my experience finding it. I told him I found it in a village in the state of Gujarat. He exclaimed, "My brother's fiancée is from Gujarat!!"

So, this treasure I wasn't sure I wanted to part with initially, will end up being given during the perfect occasion to the perfect new owner. It just had to wait at the Folk Art Gallery three and a half years for the right facilitator to come along.

I do believe in miracles!

        Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season and a Very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful 2019.   And a few miracles along the way!       ~ Ann

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Note: AWD will close for the year on Sunday, December 23, 2018 and reopen Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

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