Saturday, February 28, 2015

new bowls on

As an antidote to snow, I posted a lot of new colorful bowls to, in stock and ready to ring in spring and warmth!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

color inspiration

Providence houses glorious in blankets of snow...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

when you least expect it...

something beautiful happens...

three feet of snow on the ground and giant icicles on my roof, but inside, my succulents are happily blooming.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

what’s new at gleena

surrounded by snow and ice this year in New England, I have been experimenting with more sombre, grayer hues, mixing in ivories, striving for crisp coziness.
i love this place setting put together by a client: ivory 10" plate, deep grey 7.5" plate, dotted urchin bowl, and deep grey roly poly side bowl.
deep grey roly poly bowl and 7.5" side plate shown from above
a double-dipped tumbler, celadon mixed with deep grey
a cozy serving set: shallow beachstone bowl stacked with ocean jewelry dish and lilac roundie bowls
shallow beachstone, jewelry and roundie bowls set from the side
a mound of ivory, snowy bowls for a client in Canada
new roly poly soup bowl in an assortment of greys
condiment bowls in greys
condiment bowls lit up with tea lights, softly glowing

it’s been an eventful winter, stay warm and safe.

Friday, February 6, 2015

NY NOW show, winter 2015

A big thank you to the NY NOW show and to the retailers who braved freezing temperatures and rainy snowy icy slushy streets of NYC. It was another fun and informative show with many reunions, and new friendships formed.

I introduced new double-dipped glaze combos, to overall enthusiasm. I love when the two glazes overlap, an unexpected third color forms. I am looking forward to exploring this direction further.

Friday, January 16, 2015

happy new year...

Just now, in the second week of 2015, am I able to focus and look back on 2014. The holiday season was wonderful, and then some time is needed to regain strength and energy to dive back into creating. I am so grateful for all the support from customers and stores that helped gleena turn ten years old. Here are a few moments from the past year that warm my heart. Happy New Year everyone!

Monday, January 5, 2015

where to find gleena

2014 was a wonderful year for gleena, a very big thank you to the stores that carry our work. Here are a few, and the gleena collections they carry. ** For a full list please visit
at The Garden Gate in Arcata, CA
at BlackSheep General Store in Glencoe, IL
at Sparrow House in Plymouth, MA
at Corey&Co. in Portland, ME and O’Suzannah in Charlottesville, VA
at Kestrel in Northampton, MA
at Hudson Art in Hudson, MA
at Style Camp in Philadelphia, PA
at Ilan Dei Venice in Venice, CA
at RISD Museum Store in Providence, RI
at Marz in South Pasadena, CA
at The Gardener in San Francisco, CA
at Magpie in New York City

Thursday, December 18, 2014

gleena studio is OPEN for last minute browsing:
Saturday Dec. 20th: 1pm to 5pm

gleena studio is OPEN this coming Saturday, December 20th, from 1pm to 5pm.

The address is 560 Mineral Spring Ave, Unit HA105, Pawtucket, RI, 02860. The studio mill complex is across from Lorraine Fabrics.

YOU WILL NEED THESE directions when you arrive at the mill (it is a maze!):
As you are facing the 560 building, go into the driveway on the far right of it. Look for B&F Gym and CMI (Colonial Mills Rugs) signs.

The rug show room will be to your left as you turn in, and go a little bit behind the main building.

Immediately after the stop sign, there is a very narrow alley on your left, behind the rug showroom.

Park opposite the alley, and walk down it to my studio. The alleyway dead ends with my studio.

 If you come to a dead end, the B&F Gym, and a wide alleyway on your left, you have gone a little bit too far.

Hope to see you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

annual (unripe) green fig preserving

Last year, after I had just moved into my new home, I found that I owned a Black Jack fig tree. With a lot of figs that will never ripen in New England climate. To my surprise, it survived one of the worse winters ever (I wrapped it in burlap), to produce even more fruit than last year. I think it likes me.

Four times as much fruit, to be precise.
So I tackled boiling the figs, three times for fifteen minutes each...

Then simmered them in sugary water (2.5 cups of sugar to 5 cups of water) until syrupy, and canned them!

After about a week, the figs become more flavorful, you can eat them whole on top of yogurt or vanilla ice cream. I blended them to use as a spread.

Delicious on top of pumpkin seed bread from Seven Stars. Served on a gleena plate, of course. Yum! For a more formal recipe follow this link to NY Times.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

busy busy october

October is the month of many deadlines. It is when stores would like their orders shipped to begin their holiday season sales. All stores. Of course it is impossible to accommodate all requests, so I try to be very honest with myself, as well as my clients. I can only produce so much, fit so much in the kilns. Looking back, though, I moved a lot of work through my studio in the past thirty days, no wonder I’m wiped out, and my hands are dry and wrinkled:

400 Lil Bub wee teas, 120 tumblers for RISD, 30 dinner plates for RISD’s President’s house, and many more bowls, plates, serving pieces for some great stores across the country. Whew.