This past summer while we were in Belgium we were invited to spend an afternoon in the ceramics studio of a very talented aunt of my husband. Tante Lief has been making the most beautiful plates, bowls, platters, figurines and jewelry for years and every time I visit I fall more in love with everything she does. I have bowls from Lief that I’ve been using for over 15 years and they’re still in perfect shape.
We arrived at their house mid-afternoon and the kids started playing with the clay within minutes. In the end there were over 10 cousins busily modelling clay into the most beautiful creations.
All the kids had lots of ideas of what they wanted to make. My daughters opted for chickens while my son a volcano (go figure). Tante Lief was the perfect teacher and was busily running around from one kid to the next helping and giving tips. Even though she had so many small kids in her studio she was relaxed as can be and the kids had the most wonderful afternoon (the adults as well).
After the sculpting we all took a break for some amazing home-made pizzas (thanks to Nonkel Jan!). By the time we were done eating the pieces were dry enough to be painted. There was lots of discussing and contemplating before the perfect colours were chosen.
After a fantastic day we all left and Tante Lief promised she would bake all of our pieces and get them to us as soon as she could. And luckily for us she dropped by our house in Italy this past week-end and the kids got to see their finished creations for the first time.
And they are proud!