Turner on the Road and Persian Pottery

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? We had a blockbuster weekend after the holiday. The weather was lovely [and families were tired of sitting around staring at each other] so we had a full parking lot both days.

Any readers in the Augusta, Georgia area? If so, I know what you’re doing this weekend: going to see six works by Helen Turner on loan from the Hermitage at the Morris Museum of Art. I highly recommend the exhibition catalog if you can get your hands on one. If you aren’t able to visit Augusta, we have three paintings and two sketches by Turner on display in the painting gallery…

Have I said enough about the sunsets we enjoy from the grounds almost every night? This time last year it rained from October til December. I have a suspicion the Earth is trying to make good with us:

I die!

On the Collections front, here is a peek at what I’ve been working with lately: Persian pottery from the 10th – 15th centuries.

Small glazed jug with face in relief, Persia, late 13th Century

Handled vas (jug), Persia, 13th Century

Rusafa ware vase with birds pecking at red berries, Syrian, 13th Century

The iridescent glazes are some of the most beautiful I have ever had the pleasure of handling. Here is a close-up of the piece above:

Gorgeous, no?

These pieces are packed into storage for a while so you can start missing them a little bit.

I am missing them already.

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