Traditional Tuesday examines a beautiful old porcelain technique developed near Moscow in the 1800's. Although Stoneware had been produced in this region since the 1400's, it wasn't until 19th century that the Russians perfected Chinese porcelain techniques in Gzhel. This traditional legacy continues today.
Letters, especially hand-written ones, are fast becoming an historic phenomenon. The excitement that comes with receiving a letter correlates to the amount of time waiting for it. And if it is a handwritten letter, it is almost as if that person is spending some time with us, as we hear their voice in our head when we read their words, with their own personal inflections and mannerisms. Letters in all forms are wonderful. I used to be an avid writer, as was my family, and have many copies of my old letters from penfriends. I have dug through my photo library to find some unusual examples: