Every detail had been so lovingly added at L'Art'e Cafe and Gallery ... even the stairs.
But read what L'Art'e have to say ... Judi Brennan has been a successful clay artist for many years. She has won several pottery awards including a merit in the prestigious Fletcher Challenge Exhibitia and has her work all around the world.
The pathway leading to the studio created huge interest from people wanting to make something similar in there own garden – Judi had embedded feature pieces that she had made out of clay eg cats, dogs, fish etc into the paving to form a fun pathway. This interest led to years of producing, with a staff of 5, the Clay Art Studio mosaic feature pieces that everyone has come to know and love.
There is more, so much more, over here on the L'Art'e website.
Diana and her husband run a beautiful B&B in Acqui Terme, Northern Italy, and it so happened that I discovered that they were located just a few kilometres down the road from where I was spending the weekend.
I will use their words, already written, to introduce you to their beautiful B&B in Italy: B&B Baur is a top-rated inn, located in the beautiful Roman Spa city of Acqui Terme, in Piemonte, Italy. Surrounded by history and thousands of hectares of wine hills, Piemonte is known to gourmets and wine experts from all over the world as Italy’s premier gastronomic and enological region. To read more ...
Diana showed us around on Sunday, explaining the renovations, and talking with Stefano and Miriam of NYC. A place much-loved by all three of them.
Anyway, I can't recommend this beautiful place highly enough, and Diana and her husband are delightful hosts. You can get a sense of the B&B via her photographs here.
Grazie to everyone who made that meeting possible.
Last year, my daughter gifted me two of Stepanka Horalkova's beautiful ceramic mugs and I made a note to write of them, with photographs, but never felt satisfied with the photographs I had taken.
So I put it aside, knowing I would finish the job sooner or later ... but I didn't.
So much time has passed that I feel ashamed because I loved the gift of them and because I wanted to share the beauty of Stepanka's work with everyone.
Finally, here I am with the news.