Saturday, September 26, 2015

Old Pottery, Biltmore Mansion, and 2 little girls

I hope that my Sepia Saturday friends will be posting HERE, and you'll take a peek at what they have to say about this week's topic...
 this week shows Nadine and Sylvia Szechenyi with their dogs in front of the Vanderbilt Mansion in New York. The two girls were the grand-daughters of Cornelius Vanderbilt, whose daughter, Gladys, had married the Hungarian Count Lazlo Szechenyi. The photograph - which can be found on the Estonia State Archive stream on Flickr -  was taken in 1931 and suggests themes such as girls, twos, dogs, steps and the mysterious number 18.




1953 St. Louis, my sister and myself, Principia Administration building and Studebaker car



My photos link in three ways...my sister and myself in our beautiful hand tailored dresses by seamstress Grandmother...and the Vanderbilt connection of the Biltmore House here in Asheville.




And I'll add some old photos of some pottery of mine, just because I have not been posting as much about my pottery lately as I should.  After all, what is my blog titled anyway!?

My first blog, Alchemy of Clay, First Edition, shared a bit of ancient pottery  (Jomon Pottery from Japan)



 This pottery inspired me to do this...


And this...


Today's Quote:


Enveloped in Your Light, may I be a beacon to those in search of Light. Sheltered in Your Peace, may I offer shelter to those in need of peace. Embraced by Your Presence, so may I be present to others.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro

13 comments:

  1. love the old photo and the car, cool.

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    1. My dad was sure proud of his cars...and I guess us girls too, though he wasn't very affectionate.

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  2. Oh, I remember wearing dresses like that!

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  3. Biltmore House looks majestic. Is it open to the public? Those Vanderbilts certainly built more, and more - seems you could do a tour of just their properties!

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    1. Yes, Jo, the Biltmore is open, charges a mint, and takes someone who loves to walk and climb stairs up and down. The gardens are also lovely including a big conservatory, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (who also designed Central Park in NY). Good background information can be found here: http://nchistory.web.unc.edu/the-biltmore-estate/

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  4. Very clever to pickup the Vanderbilt connection. I like your cornucopia vase. Not unlike the mouth of a giant Koi carp fish.

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    1. Thanks, Mike. I sold the cornucopia vase to someone who frequently comes to the Tailgate Mrket...it is a small community. I traded her for some pies and jelly! Never thought of the mouth's resemblance to a fish.

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  5. Your pottery is beautiful. As are the tailored dresses which fit you so perfectly. I remember never having things that fit as I got my sister's hand-me-downs and they were rarely the right size.

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    1. Thanks Helen. I remember my mother getting out the measuring tape every year before holidays and sending the info to my grandmother in San Antonio, TX. No wonder my sister hated getting my hand-me-downs as I was very thin and she was a chubby little girl!

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  6. I'm constantly amazed at the variety of blogs that are prompted by the theme photo. I didn't expect anyone to pickup the Vanderbilt reference.

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  7. I especially like your second piece. I've seen reclining glass trumpet lilies used for table decoration, a similar shape to yours. I prefer yours - the colors and texture are my taste.

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  8. Love both of your pieces. Very beautiful and organic.

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