It’s getting busy!

I am madly prepping for the upcoming Make It Sale at the PNE, December 13-16. As well as making work for the Wildewood Gallery in New West. You must check them out – I am a fan of every artist in there. Atira gallery in Strathcona also has a few of my pieces. My Etsy page is looking a little sad right now. I’ve got loads of work, but not taken the time to update my page. I’ll get on that soon.

Please consider buying local, and buying art – for the upcoming gift giving season. It’s the sort of gift that ripples out to many, and brings all of us a more beautiful and vibrant community. And who doesn’t want that?!

I was particularly thrilled a few weeks ago when a friend contacted me wanting a very special Christmas gift for their family – six drinking horns, each to have the recipient’s name spelled out in runes down the side. Runes are more than an alphabet, but also a window into a greater consciousness – and can be read similar to the tarot deck. Names are a powerful thing, and so is traditions like raising a pint with your loved ones on a special day! I am so honoured to be asked to create works of art for this family!

The idea that each member of the family will have such a very special and crafted piece of art was thrilling to me. It would bind the family together and be a shared joy. When one asks why we make such objects, I can’t help but think that the answer is ‘for moments like this’.

I am almost complete in my forming of the horns, which then need to be dried and then the surfaces finished with a sanding process.  The moisture in the clay itself has to be reduced, falling to just the right level, and then each one will be fired and glazed. By the time I finish, the family will have a truly unique gift that will bring joy for many years, and likely several generations.

So, as we near Christmas, and I get ready various pieces for sale, I thought I’d just mention that if you are looking for one or more of these very special horns please let me know as early as possible. I just might be able to do a few for a person locally. Because they are individually crafted I would ask you to give me as much notice as possible, as each one can take up to a month to complete.

Blessings to you and yours!

All the Best, and Go Make a Mess!
Ilena Lee

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