A trip to the quarry

Finally Jackson took me to the quarry. After the drive and all the build up we arrive in middle of nowhere, Leander with my camera. Before we climb out of the truck he warns,

 "Just be careful this is basically just open untended land that they put the stones on." I asked, "Are we talking spiders or snakes?" "Oh snakes, rattlesnakes." 

Shockingly, I still managed to get out of the truck enough times to leave completely sunburned and with lots of stones for the Festiva party. Also, full disclosure, we were also talking spiders. 

Hand picking (and hand lifting) stones is a process of appreciation and will. Will we be able to engineer a way to get this off the stone pile with just our combined 285 lbs? Will he be able to cut or sand it to suit his uses? 

The hunt becomes passionate when muscles are involved. Watching Jackson select which disregarded pieces deserved the sweat, I gained a new appreciation for our finished stone products.  

It was hot, and we both left exhausted and with more freckles than we arrived with, but there is something great about this graveyard of stone. After a while you start petting the good ones, feeling the soft execution of their bends, and cracked pieces start looking intentional. I started thinking every surface in my home and yard could use a little more stone, and Jackson has to remind me to be selective (even though he allows me to keep the creepy pink plastic cow skull I found in the weeds.)

2015 Terracotta

Impruneta, Italy is the home of terracotta in Europe. The location is so tied to terracotta clay that an official legal seal is needed to call any pot Impruneta. The seal tells the owner their pot was forged of 95% Impruneta clay, which is the strongest clay in the world. The strength of the clay makes these pots frost proof and well insulated in heat as well. 

The Impruneta factories that became synonomous with the Impruneta level of quality are Europa, Punto Cotto, Poggi Ugo. This past November, Europa retired its terracotta factory, but before they did we were able to place on final order and bring their quality pots back home to Austin. 


Festiva wrap up & thanks

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate our new terra cotta shipment from Impruneta, Italy. We loved meeting so many new friends and drinking Prosecco with our clients under the Sprout yurt. For more information about the history and making of our pots be sure to check out www.sproutaustinevents.com

We wanted to send a special thanks to everyone who worked to help us pull this off. Jasmine Johnson did the beautiful logo work on the containers, and created the yurt's terra cotta painting. You can find more info about her work here.  Our coasters were etched by Kati Prather at Perfect Etch, and were so popular some of you begged to take them home. Luckily begging works on us (as does flattery). 

Our Italian breads and spreads were made by Sharon Bright. Thank you again for coming out. We will keep you posted for future opportunities for viewings and parties. 

-Erica