Monday, August 10, 2009

Funny How Things Happen

This past weekend we had a party at the farm/studio in SE Minnesota. The weather was a little hot and humid, but the breeze made the weather tolerable. Otherwise it was all about good friends, good food and some adult beverages. On Friday morning my husband and I along with one of the 1st of the guest went to a little restaurant/store just a mile or so from the farm called the Highland Store.

It was established in 1892 and has been operated by several different families since that time. The current owner Vicky serves great organic breakfast and lunch every Sunday through Friday. This particular Friday morning I was enjoying my multi-grain waffle and visiting with Iris our server. I mentioned to Iris that I was a potter and her reply surprised me. "I've been praying to meet a potter." Not world peace or saving the starving children, but meeting a potter. Wow, I don't get that kind of reception very often.

Turns out, Iris makes great deep dish pies and her deep dish pie plate she had custom made for her in Washington many years ago had developed a crack. She's been looking for someone to make a new one. I was happy to help out (especially knowing it was going to be used to make deep dish pies that I would eventually enjoy at the Highland Store). On Friday afternoon I made two pie dishes for Iris. I hope she likes them and makes some delicious pies.

It's kinda funny how things happen like that. Deep dish blackberry pie - can you taste it?? I can't wait.


: : : : : : said...

Dear Sue,
I was doing a search on Google for the Highland Store and came across your post about the pie dish. Very well written and just a great story.

The reason I was doing searches for the store is that Vicki is my sister and I am building a web site for her. I am wondering if you would mind if I posted a link to your Highalnd Store post.

By the way, I also loved the pie pan!! Looks very robust and clearly well crafted. Would it be possible to also post the picture of the pie pan on the Highland Store site? The site URL is

By the way, I am also an artist. My name is Todd Starks and my work is at You can contact me through my painting site.

Best to you!!

Sue Pariseau Pottery said...

Hi Todd,

You are welcome to post a link to my Highland Store post as well as use the photo of the pie plate. Iris has two pie plates she's currently using and I've got a couple more to deliver to her yet. I will also place a link on my blog to the Highland Store's URL - anything for Vicky. Since the picture on the blog is of the pot just after being thrown, before firing and glazing, I can probably get a photo of one of the glazed pie plates if you'd prefer.

I briefly checked out your work. It looks great. After I finish the show I'm in this weekend I'll need to spend a little more time looking closer.

Thanks for contacting me, it was nice to hear from you.

Be well.