Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Public Art and Rabbit Food

During the spring, crouching rabbit sculptures will be painted & placed across Dedham.  Each sculpture will be painted by a juried selection of local artists – and will be sponsored by local businesses, individuals and organizations. 

I've be thinking about submitting an application to participate in the Dedham Public Art Project. The deadline is this Thursday...

Marietta Apollonio, an artist painter and co-founder of the Dedham Square Artist Guild is painting the first of 15 bunnies for the project.  I love her work and her bunny, which she has named David B. Unny will be yet another wonderful creation of hers. She shares her palette but not her ideas...smart lady!

Why a Crouching Rabbit?
The Dedham Public Art Project will feature a crouching rabbit - an iconic form found on the historic Dedham Pottery, which was produced in Dedham over 100 years ago. The pottery was characterized by a signature crackle glaze and border designs in thick cobalt blue. The most common and recognizable design is a repeating crouching rabbit officially referred to as “the Dedham rabbit.”

During the Dedham Square Valentine's Day event, I went to check out the first bunny who was on view at the Dedham Community Theatre

"He" wasn't as big as I thought a 4ft bunny would be.  I guess it's his ears that really add the height.

Next door to the theatre is Heart of the Square.  I noticed they had real Dedham Pottery and had to have a closer look.  They were nice enough to let me take a few shots of my favorite pattern: the Azelea flower.

Many artists are submitting ideas.  I can't wait to see what they'll come up with.  As a potter, I'd like to see a Dedham Pottery Bunny.

At the conclusion of the public display over several months, the completed sculptures will be auctioned off to support the proposed Mother Brook Arts & Community Center slated for the old Avery Elementary School
My husband picked out Dedham Pottery as our every day ware when we were registering for our wedding.  
We've been using "bunny" plates and bowls and mugs and dishes for all our married years.  It's not the real stuff but Dedham Pottery is with us at almost every meal.  

The pottery I have was slip cast and hand painted in Concord, Ma at the Potting Shed.  What's makes my collection special to me is that each piece has the year it was created painted on the bottom (hint: my wedding year).

One of my favorite Dedham Pottery pieces is my egg dish. One could use it for painted Easter eggs or deviled eggs.  For the food and pottery connection, here's a recipe for deviled eggs...
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • Lawry's Salt (which has paprika in it)
1 Hard boil the eggs. 
2 Peel the eggs. Using a sharp knife, slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter.
3 Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add mustard and mayo. Spoon egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. Sprinkle with Lawry's salt. Makes 2 dozen.


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