Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Porcelain mug doubling as a beer stein. Wheel thrown with a pulled handle by Andy Boswell. Celedon and black glaze. Andy Boswell’s mugs are not only good for a hot cup of tea, coffee or cocoa…. they’re pretty great for a cold ale to toast a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day as well!

… or how about a green smoothie in one of Andy’s mugs?Green smoothie in a celedon green mug made on the potter's wheel by Andy BoswellI made this extra green smoothie as follows…

Throw all of the following into a blender, just make sure everything is cut into blender friendly sized pieces, and blend until smooth.

1 cucumber (about 1 – 1 1/2 cups)
3 kale leaves (about 1/2 cup)
1 apple
1 – 2 tsp. raw honey
1 tbl. chlorophyll (optional for extra nutrition and extra green!)
a handful of ice

Count your blessings, not your woes. ~ Irish Proverb

Have a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
~ Terry

Blessing Cup Pottery Retreat Kiln Demo

As many of you know, Ray spends most of his time guest speaking as a retreat facilitator these days, taking himself and his wheel out on the road, blending spirituality and creativity. One type of retreat that Ray does is a blessing cup retreat for kids preparing to make their First Communion and their parents. Each child participating at the retreat draws a design on a bisqued chalice or blessing cup. This video shows what happens to all those chalices after the kids at the blessing cup retreats draw on them.

Many thanks to Laura Smith for putting this video together! 🙂

For more info about Ray’s retreats visit www.potteryretreat.com

~Terry Boswell


Handmade Bowl for Homemade Soup

Warm up these late-winter days with a satisfying chicken soup beautifully presented in an eye catching handcrafted bowl made by my son Andrew Boswell! (Chicken soup made by me!)

Porcelain soup bowl by Andrew Boswell glazed celedon and black.

This is one of my son’s fantastic soup bowls filled with the chicken soup I made last night. The bowl is high fired grolleg porcelain glazed with Andrew’s celedon and black glaze. You may not be able to duplicate the bowl yourself, but perhaps the soup. If you would like to give it a try… I made it approximately as follows. I say approximately because I don’t always measure when I cook! 🙂

The soup  ingredients include (approximately)…
6 chicken legs
6 chicken thighs
The following vegetables cut into bite size pieces…
4 – 5 sweet onions
8 – 12 carrots
8 – 10 potatoes
3 – 4 tbls. Better Than Bouillion Organic Chicken Base
2 tbls. dulse flakes
2 tbls. parsley
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. tumeric
2 tbls. olive oil
salt and pepper

I boiled the chicken in water until the meat began to come off the bone and then set it aside to cool. Once cooled, I skimmed off the fat, picked the meat from the bones and set the meat aside. I returned the skimmed broth to an 8 quart pot, added the onions, added water and turned the burner to a medium flame.  Then I cut the carrots and added them. Next, I cut and added the potatoes and the Better Than Bouillion. I made sure I had more than enough water to cover everything but not quite filling the pot.  I added the meat back in when the potatoes were just about cooked, and a bit of salt and pepper. Once the potatoes were cooked, I added the olive oil and it was ready to serve!

That’s my “approximate” soup recipe. Tweak it as needed! You’ll have to visit the gallery or send me an email to purchase one of Andy’s gorgeous bowls.:-)

Terry Boswell
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Porcelain lidded vessel Andrew_Boswell

Handmade on the potter’s wheel. Groleg porcelain lidded vessel by Andrew Boswell. Available at the Bostree Gallery or if you would like it shipped, contact Terry – [email protected]

Serving up hot cider and cookies!

Join us for some holiday cheer!

On Saturday, December 8th, 12:00pm – 6:00pm we will be serving complementary hot cider and cookies at the Bostree Gallery to warm and sweeten your day of holiday shopping!

Also on the 8th, Santa will be visiting our little hamlet, and there will be carolers and a tree lighting to enjoy. Visit www.sugarloafnewyork.com/fun/2012/11/santa-coming-town for more info on Santa and the day’s doings in Sugar Loaf!

Happy Holidays!


Workshop: Glazing Imagery with Andrew Boswell

Grolleg Porcelain Illustrated teapot by Andrew Boswell


Sunday, July 22nd, 1:00-4:30pm
Sunday, August 12th,

Limit 8 participants.


To register, email Ray Boswell at [email protected]

Bostree Studio is proud to present a one day workshop focusing on the fine art of glazing with imagery. For the past year, Andrew Boswell has been developing non-toxic slips, glazes and simple techniques with specific brushes to get the most effective look possible. Despite the beautiful and intricate detail, the process is easier than you would think, and Andrew is willing to share his knowledge in this workshop.

Participants will be invited to bring 3 of their own bisque pots. Andrew will demonstrate the process and walk you through glazing your own pieces with his methods. The workshop will have an intimate atmosphere to make sure every question is heard and everyone receives individual attention. Practicing the simple and efficient techniques will give you the skills to glaze beautiful works of art. Andrew will fire your 3 pieces and have them available to be picked up at the studio the following week.

The workshop will run on Sunday, July 22nd, from 1 – 4:30pm and Sunday, August 12th from 1:00-4:30pm. You may sign up for either day. Your 3 pieces must each fit in
a 5x5x5 inch cube and already be bisque fired. Plates, cups or bowls in either a white
stoneware or porcelain are preferred. Work must be rated for a cone 9 reduction firing.
The cost is $85 per person and there are only 8 spots per day. Please email Ray Boswell at [email protected] if you are interested in this amazing workshop.

In addition, Ray is offering a workshop on July 21st, and August 11th. Although
these two workshops are independent, they compliment each other. The Saturday
workshop with Ray
concentrates on creating the form and the Sunday workshop with
Andrew concentrates on designing the surface. Ray’s workshop is $95, but you may
sign up for them both Ray and Andrew’s workshop (Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd, or Saturday August 11th and Sunday August 12th) at the discounted price of $165. Please email Ray Boswell at [email protected] if you are interested in this amazing workshop.