The Arden Fair is usually my first Christmas shopping adventure. My friend Carol and I have gone together for years. We arrive at 9 o’clock, walk the fair before the crowds arrive and plan our purchases. Then she has a fruit smoothie and I have two hot dogs. Fortified, we go back with our wallets ready.
We first encountered a revolutionary design
of saltshaker – a beautiful ceramic dome, which, when inverted, can be
filled with salt. Turn it back over and the shelf inside the dome keeps
the salt from falling out until you shake it vigorously. Potter Suzanne
Kent says she did not invent this, but her work is beautiful and
But more inventions were present among the jewelers.
Ava Leas brought her pins and chain-ges©. She uses a simple chain with a
ring on either end which she uses to make brooches into chokers. A
wonderful way to wear that inherited heavy pin that you love but which
would pull your blouse off your shoulder if you pinned it on. Leas
creates pins which are layered metal in silvers, golds and bronzes –
layered leaves, butterflies with a Jewish CHAI for life. She had many
fanciful earrings, too.
Not present, to my chagrin, was Cynthia
Marriott who invented the self-locking earring. Each stem is folded
back and twisted so it will never fall out of your ear. (How many of us
have a collection of single earrings because one fell out!). Will
Cynthia show up at the Art on the Green in New Castle?
absent was Gwen of Gwen’s Goodies. I usually stock up on her jams for
presents. Her rhubarb jam was so good I put down my toast and wrote her
a letter right away.
But present, as ever, was George, (pictured
above) whose hard work makes everything at Arden work, from directing
traffic to saving shows with extra lighting solutions to booking the
hottest musicians imagined and to just keeping everyone together. Can’t
be done without him.
See Ava Leas at www.pinsbyava.com.