Aside from my mom and my friend Sarah K., there probably isn’t a more devoted Thistle readership than that of the Telpner family — Meghan, Ron and Patsy (there’s also her brother Michael, but he likes to suggest that we combat global warming by cranking our air conditioners and opening the windows). As a case in point, I was at their house recently for a Rosh Hashanah dinner and they were not only thoughtful enough to provide a healthy organic meal but also made sure that my place card — which said “Thistle” with a cute little drawing — was on recycled paper.
Over dessert, Patsy was telling me about the various aspects of ceramics and how most potters just throw out their excess clay. She, however, always recycles it, despite the fact that this can be a bit of a hassle. It occurred to me that this could make for a perfect green change: from now on, I’ll only buy ceramics if they’re made by as conscientious and eco-friendly (not to mention talented) an artist as Patsy. I already have one of her cups, a bowl and a platter — they’re beautiful, timeless and work perfectly with any décor, so check out her work!
Photo courtesy of Patsy Telpner