Simon Says.....

We recently had the pleasure of spending 3 awesome days in Woodstock, VT with dear friends. Our trip including all sorts of hootenanny winter fun. The kids had no trouble mastering downhill skiing as a result of a good hour lesson. I rekindled my love of downhill skiing with better than decent equipment (funny how that works), and with the surroundings of glorious Dr. Zhivago-like snow and icicles it was all one could do but breath deep and enjoy.

One of the many highlights of our weekend was a trip to
Simon Pearce in Quechee, VT.

And if don't know jack about Simon, in a nutshell: Simon hails from Kilkenny, Ireland. There he owned a glassblowing studio. He was a student of pottery and glass art and design. And in '81 Simon moves to, purchases, and refurbishes a 300 yr. old woolen mill in Quechee, VT.

Powered by the waterfall that flows beneath, Simon and his crew have been
producing beautiful, simple, designs of clear glass and classic pottery
for over 35 years. His design is famous for its weight and balance.
Not delicate or fragile. Think sturdy and solid.

Gorgeous wooden items, like bowls, trays, cutting boards, utensils
made of hardwoods such as Sugar Maple and Olivewood....

Simon Pearce also includes an extensive collection of furniture, lighting,
table linens, and serving ware.

Simon says, "The simpler something is, the longer it will be appreciated. Function is also integral. Every glass should feel comfortable to the lips.
Every pitcher must pour perfectly."

There's much more to post about Simon, his mill, the restaurant....
to be continued.


Jennifer said...

What a wonderful vacation! I'm glad you had a nice break.

I don't know much of Pearce's work, but I have heard great things about his pieces and that the restaurant at his factory is terrific. Pearce has a store in my work neighborhood, on Park Avenue at 59th Street. I guess I'm going to have to pay it a visit soon.

Karen @ BonjourBruxelles said...

The one thing I should say is that I really only truly love his stuff as just one piece as opposed to the whole natural Vermonty stuff together. I'm all for simple beauty but I also have to say I'm not a huge fan of the pottery. A little too afalfa/granola to my liking.

How's that for a somewhat confused disclaimer?

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great weekend. Those friends of yours must have been pretty special people. I'm sure they had a great time spending it with you as well.

northsidefour said...

The glass stuff looks amazing, having just tossed a broken, but once beautiful, glass pedestal bowl I think I might have to search this out.

Jennifer said...

I completely understand your disclaimer. There have been many times where I realized I liked something mostly because of it's connection to the place I experienced it!

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