Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rhythms


January brought slow days into the studio. Not because of the slow pace of orders, because there is plenty of that, thankfully, but because after my health shattered a little as a result of the holiday rush, I feel like adopting the seasons's rhythm is the best choice for me right now. I enjoy these quiet days in the studio very much. Haven't had this since, lord knows when, so it is so reveling. It takes me back to times I have long forgotten. Times I miss.




Today I had a few rounds to the Post Office. And I spent the afternoon preparing pieces for the first firing.


I am inclined to believe that this year is about to give a different pace to my life. One, that I needed for a while now. Obviously certain directions I took have not led me to much good this past year, and I think this is about to change. I have very special plans for this year, can't wait to share more...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Studio location


I am often asked about why I have established my studio out of the urban surroundings and why I commute to a nearby village every day.

This is the road that leads me there.


And when I do get there (I should add that it takes me 15 min., if I respect the speed limits, 9 if I don't, but of course the latter is merely a presumption. ..It often takes me longer to get to the city center), I am surrounded by green, everywhere, and playful white clouds, I am constantly cheered on by dogs and cats and whenever I feel that life is a bit too much to handle, I just head out for a walk on the hill over my studio, and I forget the reason for being sad.
No polluted air, no car fumes, no honking, no yelling and none of the aspects that come with working in an urban environment...
Yes, perhaps it would be very high-class and chic to be located in the city, close to where all the creative life boils, it would give my studio a very contemporary aspect and a defined branding. Perhaps. But I am not interested in what it all looks like from the outside. And I am not interested in beautifying the obvious. I live this life not because I want to show it off, but because it is the only way I wish to live it. And if that love towards this type of livelihood shines through, well then, I guess I've reached my goal. And appearances no longer have any kind of role to play in it.


I like the duality of it all. I enjoy living in a city and all the opportunities that come with such a life, I do, but in the same time I feel the need to evade to a silent place where time stands still.

At the end of the day, we all look for freedom in life, and we all have our special means for achieving it. This is mine. I may not always take full advantage of the situations I may be in, but then again, I know that I always have the chance to do it, and that is truly liberating.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year


May your new year bring joy to you, may your faith be strong as to overcome your fears and may you strive in courage to take the risks that may lead you to places you've only dreamed of. If I learned something over the course of 2014 is that in order to enjoy changes in our lives, we must be brave enough to change ourselves first.

Tomorrow is the first day of the next 365. How special is that? Make it count.
I don't mean to advise you to go out party day and night and then when you hopefully have found your way home then pass out.
I mean, use this time to reflect. Don't plan. That is stupid. You and I we both know that you will not keep to those plans one bit. Reflect, and leave 2014 behind. Whatever has happened (and believe me, a lot has happened in my life too...more than I expected to carry) leave it in the past, this is the best time to look forward and leave your hurt soul and your bruised ego in the year that is already gone, and think of what you want 2015 to hold for you. What is it that you wish for? Dare to wish for great things to unfold, but please, be realistic. It is essential that you KNOW what you want for yourself. Stop worrying about how to achieve those wishes, just imagine what you want and imagine how you feel when you have them/ get there.

Live the first day of the New Year, and live, I wish for you to LIVE all through 2015. It is time to feel alive again!

2014 has been a trialing time in my personal life, yet a striving one for Jasmin Blanc Studio. And I have all of you to thank, for making this year so very special in terms of business, art and dreams that came true. Without your support, I could never have come so far... But it doesn't stop here, as I have wonderful dreams yet to achieve, and I truly hope to have you by my side in 2015 too. Lets make this one truly count! As I like to say "If not now, when?"

Love,
E.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Custom order - Lace dishes

I had a special request for a custom set of my Shapeless Femininity line, that Mr. M had to check before packing and shipping could happen. Luckily he is a really careful kitty and no damage has ever been done to my dishes or jewelry. He was adopted by a ceramist for cryin' out loud, he had to grow up to that status... ;)



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Perfectly Imperfect (shapeless femininity)


If I were a writer, I would put my emotions, feelings, beliefs and principles on paper, I would mold all those twisting thoughts in my head into words. But I am not a writer. And my weapon is not a pen and a blank piece of paper. I communicate best through clay. And here are my thoughts on femininity. The story has and ambiguous ending, so I will let you complete it with your own thoughts on what all these pieces communicate to you. And what will still remain will be simply 'beauty', the rest of it, beyond all stories and interpretations will have the sole propose of delighting one's eyes and senses.

I hope you will enjoy my new collection!
Here's to being perfectly imperfect, ladies... here's to being a woman! Celebrate it!

   

Thursday, October 2, 2014

that autumn cold


I was afraid this space will stay nice and organized for a couple of days. As I am forced to take time to rest and drink hot herbal teas under a warm blanket....

Meanwhile in my living room...


I didn't go to the studio deliberately, so I would stay in bed, drink hot tea, and sleep this cold out. Instead I turned my living room into a studio to drink hot tea, go through the dreaded paperwork and finish off some stud earrings. Oh, the sweetness of being self employed, there's no chance for calling in sick and have someone do the work while you're gone. But I wouldn't have it any other way 



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kleopatra

It was the 1st of September. Late morning.
I was driving to the studio. I was half way there.
There is an apple orchard on the left, an abandoned house and one that is in construction.

I could see a black something in the middle of the road. Couldn't make out what it was at first, a puppy, a kitten or something unknown, perhaps... But whatever it was, it was in the middle of the road, in the middle of nowhere and drivers tend not to respect speed limits where no one is watching, so I started praying that I would get there before another car comes. I stopped the car. Again in the middle of the road. Jumped out. Took the kitten (because by this point I could see that the little black four legged something was a tiny kitten) and started looking around in search of a sign for where she came from. There was an elderly lady out in the garden of the house in construction, so I asked her if the kitty was hers', but she replied rudely that it wasn't.

Then I went in search for her mommy, but I couldn't find her either.

So I sat back into my car, smiled at my dog and my cat on the back seat, placed the tiny creature on my lap and drove to the studio. I knew at that very moment, that if I had left her there, she would have been run over by the time I headed home from the studio in the evening.

This is Kleopatra's story, the tiny black kitten, who sleeps soundly on my pillow as we speak.

Funny thing is, that I adopted Mazsola on 1 September, 2013. One year ago. And on that very day, a year later, Kleopatra appears. I don't really think we choose them. I would say it is the other way around...


A life is always a life. It is precious, regardless of whom it belongs to. And we should do everything that is our power to keep, preserve or save it...

Dearest fall, welcome!


It has been a while since I actively participated on this space... But there is so much to do, and I am disgracefully unorganized, so I'm having a hard time being on top of my game. But what can I say, I am working on it. In the meantime, I am restlessly working on new exciting projects, diving in full speed into most new ideas and opportunities I get, hoping to make this world prettier one step at a time. So is my garden, one bloom at a time...







Sunday, August 3, 2014

Marvelous august, hello!



August, oh sweet august! You and I have definitely got something going this year. It might be because we started out on the right foot, or because it was written in the stars... but either way you have been good to me from the start and I am thankful for that.
My single shelf in front of the window was finally set up, and I am absolutely loving it. Roses, succulents, cacti and refreshing lemonades keep me company while I work. I look up and see them smiling back at me. I even have a pot of basil, my current favorite. I can eat it with almost anything...

How is your weekend coming along? Mine is filled with sunshine, work and a secret coffee date with the one I call my sister. She is my person, you know. Happy Sunday!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Sour cherry tart + recipe


I have a new found hobby that people around me greatly appreciate. I bake, make all kinds of sorbets, creams and ice creams, truffles and invent all sorts of cake pops. It gets to me especially around 11 pm. I go out to the kitchen, look for ingredients and invent something from what I have lying around.

For this recipe I used up -what was probably- the last of the sour cherries this season, so next on my list are blueberries and blackberries. And one more thing. I started is using the U.S. way of measuring things, it seems so much easier than taking out our heavy scale every time. So here goes the recipe. It is so simple and you don't even have to turn your oven on.

Sour cherry tart

Crust:
- 3 cups of fine cookie crumbs
-1/2 cup butter, melted (you may need more depending on the type of cookie you use)
- 1/3 cup sugar (but you may need less, if your cookie is already sweetened)

Pie filling:

- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 cup mascarpone cheese
- 1/3 cup stracciatella yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cups granulated sugar

Sour cherry topping
- enough sour cherries to cover the pie (you will have to be the judge of that)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- gelatin (optional)

1. To prepare the pie crust, place all ingredients (cookie crumbs, melted butter, sugar) into a bowl, stir together with a fork until large crumbs appear, then press into a pie dish. Freeze for 15 minutes.

2. Until the pie crust rests in the freezer,  whisk together mascarpone cheese, stracciatella yogurt, lemon juice and zest, then gradually add the sugar. To scrape out the vanilla seeds, cut the pod lengthwise and crape the seeds off of the pod haves with a sharp knife. Add the seeds to the cream filling and whisk well. Refrigerate it for about 10 minutes.

3. You will first need to pit your sour cherries, then place them into a larger bowl and layer them with sugar. Stir occasionally for 30 min. Strain, reserving sour cherries. Add gelatin to the juice and warm it up (be careful not to let it come up to a boil, because that will destroy the gelatin). Let the gelatin+juice cool.

4. Place the mascarpone filling into the cookie crust, then carefully place the sour cherries on top and when the gelatin has cooled down to room temperature pour it over the pie. Put the pie into the refrigerator for the jello to set. And there you have it. It is absolutely delicious, and the making part of it has therapeutically effects, I'm telling you. It is a bit like meditating in the silence of the night with delicious scents filling the air...


Let me know if you decide to try this recipe, I'd love to see photos ;)
Enjoy!
Erika

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Two for Thursday


Summer is awfully unusual this year, I still don't have a proper sun tan. Late afternoon thunderstorm has darkened up my beautiful - otherwise light-filled - studio. I became sad, and I had put my brush down. Painting was done for the day.


Look, he has a new toy.