Silk Tassels and Laurel

He has shown , Oh man, what is good; and what the Lord wants from you, to do justice and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6: 8
Silk Tassels and Laurel.

This is a Majolica pottery vine leaves and stem handled pitcher. I bought it as a gift for myself! This was at a time when I was looking after two young , active children with my husband working all the hours available. It is good to cheer yourself up with a treat! 🙂

Many years later while having a family lunch which included some of my sons’ friends, one of them smiled broadly and said he knew exactly where this jug had been made. I was immediately interested. Apparently during his holidays from university , to help with his fees, he was a cleaner and sweeper in the rooms where the jugs were created. I wish I could remember exactly where he said it was in this country.

The process of making Majolica includes applying tin enamel to a fired piece of earthenware forming a white, opaque, porous surface on which a design is painted .
The most dominant themes are fauna and flora, especially leafy patterns. The completed design is then coated with a transparent glaze and the piece is fired again . This jug would have been moulded. Most Majolica is unmarked, but the European pieces often feature a mark or a series of numbers pressed in before firing. Mine is very faintly marked. Majolica is soft and porous and chips easily, so it has to be handled with care.

Laurel leaves.
If you live near a busy road or in a noisy neighbourhood, this shrub is one of the best possible natural sound barriers there are. This is because the foliage is dense and the leaves are thick and leathery. It forms an excellent plant wall. Regular pruning makes the plant even denser.

You, even you, are Lord alone ; you have made heaven , the heaven of heavens , with all their host , the earth, and all things that are therein , the seas, and all that is therein , and you preserve them all; and the host of heaven worship you.

Nehemiah 9:6

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