home platters

by Eric Hendrick and Noelle VanHendrick
Handmade
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There's No Place Like Home

Hand-sculpted by husband-and-wife team Eric Hendrick and Noelle Van Hendrick, this generously sized platter is a piece of functional artwork. Starting with an intense, dark clay body, the artists hand-throw each platter before decorating with slip and finishing with wax resist methods. These hands-on methods of assembly culminate in an elaborately varied surface that is, at once, a touching exhibition of the maker's aesthetic and creative intent, and a tribute to its recipients.

Noelle's hand-carved poem encircles a colorful sketch of the archetypal home surrounded by a beaming sun. Personalize the platter by adding a family or couple's first names and their anniversary.More than just an attractive piece for display, this platter makes a beautiful backdrop for fruit pieces, cheese wedges, and, since it's microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe, it also servers as an eye-catching centerpiece for your main course. Handmade in Vermont.

Home= Safe...a peaceful place...where we find our self...A place to rest...to wash...to love...to grow...Home= Our world to create...a place to snuggle...so warm...so soft...a place to heal...to feel...to be...real...Home= A place to define and redefine reality...a sacred place...of respect and honor...a place to call HOME.

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Handmade
Item ID
21539
Made from
clay
Measurements
approximately 14" dia x 4" H
Notes
Microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe
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Eric Hendrick and Noelle VanHendrick

Eric Hendrick and Noelle VanHendrick

As newlyweds, Eric and Noelle decided to pursue their artistic passion, and put all of their gift money toward buying red clay for their handmade creations. Unfortunately, the clay they received didn't perform like it was supposed to. "It was bad," says Noelle. "We couldn't attach spouts or handles, and glazes wouldn't stick! We were bummed." Fortunately, the two carried on and have continued to share their gift for joyful ceramics.

Looking for solutions to their red clay dilemma, the couple dreamed up new ways to approach their craft by watching Tim Burton movies. "[We were] watching The Nightmare Before Christmas and bang! Clay Jack O' Lanterns without glazes [or] attachments [were born]." The duo had so much success with their charming Halloween lanterns that they bought more red clay--with a plan, this time--and sprung a patch of clay pumpkins as the hallmark of their collection.

"That was over 10 years ago," she said. "Lesson learned: Sometimes you must be crafty to get things done." collection

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