This is the latest addition to my Molly collection. Molly Cantor makes some of the most beautiful pottery I have ever seen. I began collecting it about 5 years ago. I had bought a coffee mug in her shop with birds on it. The glaze on the inside is green. The size and shape is perfect for that morning cup of coffee and I love drinking that first cup out of something I think is so beautiful.
The asparagus platter was made for the WGBY Asparagus Festival earlier in the month. When she gave a shout out for the event on Facebook I commented that I wanted it – sold, right then and there. I don’t always get to the Falls when things are open, I’m usually on my way back to CT at 7:00 A.M. and there isn’t anyone around at that hour so my sister picked it up for me.
My sister and I took a pottery class from Molly last summer (it seems like it was longer ago than that). Molly is a wonderful teacher with one flaw – she makes it look sooooo easy. Rather than make my own pots (well, sort of pots) I would much rather spend my time watching her throw them. She’s been making them for so long she instinctively knows how much clay to use. Her pottery is consistent, the mugs are the same size, the bowls are basically the same shape, the plates the same diameter. Her designs all come from what she sees around her and I am always amazed at how adept she is at translating her vision onto clay.
I love learning new crafts. Our class size was small and my sister and I are both capable of laughing at our mistakes (and laugh we did). The best thing about taking a class from Molly is it gave me a new appreciation for her art. I’ve seen so many people come into her studio and whisper how expensive her pots are. After watching her work and seeing the amazing talent that she has I want to tell them “Oh no, she really isn’t charging enough.”