07 March 2012

Word Of The Week - Celadon


Colour is something that has fascinated me since I was the littlest poppet.
I have very pleasant memories of visiting my Grandparent's farm and collecting all manner of colourful treasures....wool & embroidery thread from Grandma's basket, feathers from the chookpen, flower petals, beads, shells from a neighbours driveway [I know this sounds odd in outback Australia, but it's true] and of course little rocks and pebbles.
Some of my greatest finds were coloured shards of glass dug up from the dirt near where they burnt their household rubbish.  My favourites were the rich purple and indigo glass which were rare finds, more common were the celadon green or orangey bits.

I wish I still had these fragments of my childhood, instead I have warm memories to hold onto and a love of colour that has held throughout my whole life.

If asked now to nominate a favourite colour I would flounder and then start my reply with "At the moment I love.....".
Crisp white accents are a constant throughout my home and wardrobe but there is a whole lot of ocean inspired colour happening too.

If you popped by to say "Hi!" right now you'd find me enjoying some green tea from a gorgeous handmade mug in celadon green, wearing a rose pink dress with my Grandmother's white beads wound around my wrist.  The mug being the inspiration for this post.
People often comment on it and ask me what the colour is.
I guess I could say dusty green or greenish-blue, but celadon is such a beautiful word and as we're all about zhushing up our vocab I thought I'd share it with you too.

I know that there are several of you who enjoy collecting ceramics in this hue and as you can see from my little montage below it goes beautifully with crisp white.
I had lots of fun seeking out my favourite examples for you and hope that when you see this lovely colour its equally lovely name pops into your mind.

Until next we meet, have fun zhushing up your vocabulary and spreading the word!

If you'd like to imbue your world with a little bit of celadon, all of these items are available for purchase:
Porcelain cup and cutlery rest {here}    Agave photo {here}    Earrings {here}   Brooch {here}    Baby cocoon {here}  Shoe clip {here}    
Wallpaper {here}    Ironing board cover {here]

37 comments:

  1. One of my favorite shades. My pendant lights in the kitchen are celadon. They are probably, technically, more like pale apple green, but I always refer to them as celadon because I like the word much more.

    I like that you are wearing your Grandmother's beads :)

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  2. Another 'snap!' for us J - not surprising I suppose.

    As for Grandma's beads, I think she might be a little horrified that I'm wearing them around my wrist but I love that I can look down and see them all the time and they are complimented by some silver bracelets that I purchased with birthday money from both sets of Grandparents several years ago.

    Happy day!

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  3. I love that word celadon, it rolls off the tongue very beautifully and I like how you described yourself sipping tea from celadon china. I wrote down the word. I also like the word poppet, quite a cute word.

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    1. Hi Terra, to be able to sprinkle our everyday vocabulary with lovely words is a goal of mine and I'm so glad these words resonate with you. Enjoy using celadon.

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  4. Ooh, ooh, I love this collage, and celadon green, AND the way you used the word poppet! Now what program did you use to make that collage lovey? I am still hanging in their with picnik until they close in April, but you can't do this type of collage. xx, Margie

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    1. You are a definite giggle-maker Margie. I'm so glad you enjoyed so many elements of this post.
      As for the collage it's my own creation using images taken from the web and framed on a blank page on my computer.
      It's super easy if you want me to take you through it, give me a 'bell'.

      xx

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  5. GORGEOUS Felicity!! one of my favourite colours - my love of colours stems from paintsets in childhood, working in an art shop later - organising everything into rainbows and to this day I just LOVE saying the names even gives me a thrill!!!!

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    1. It sounds like you've pursued your love of colour all through your life Taryn - what a gift!
      Do you have some other favourite names? Another of mine is cerulean.

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  6. I love this colour & you know Felicity the funny thing is I had a lovely insence burner in the shape of a leaf in the celadon colour which my husband fessed up yesterday for knocking over & breaking in half :( he was so sorry but I have my handy glue gun so I am sure I can fix it :)) Loving the images you have chosen.
    Enjoy your green tea & the nice memories of your grandmar which I am sure you are thinking of!!! xx

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    1. Wow that is amazing timing Lainey!
      I'm sure you'll fix it so that it's as good as new.
      Happy day Lovely!

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  7. Oh one of my favourite colours and words!!! It is even more beautiful if you mix it with a beautiful pale aqua. The picture I am imaging is that of a white, white sandy beach running into the celadon water that runs into the aqua water before it rolls into the darker blues and finally a beautiful deep French blue!
    Blast now that's where I want to be as the rain continues to pour down!!!!

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    1. You are a treat Jules - this is such a gorgeous image you've painted for us.
      Thank you!
      x

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  8. Love, love, love this colour! So pretty and fresh and wholesome! x

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    1. I can imagine it going beautifully in your gorgeous beachside home Emma.
      x

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  9. I see so much of this colour splashed around the antique streets in Hong Kong. It's beautiful x

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    1. Just thinking of you Bridget as I watched "The Painted Veil" for the second time....not surprisingly there were some lovely celadon moments.

      Ah the colours of HK, amazing!

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  10. Celadon celadon celadon. Same for me - favourite colour, favourite glaze. Especially a really milky celadon glaze with a few tiny touches of iron through it. Yum.

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    1. Yum indeed Andrea - you created a lovely image for me - thank you.

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  11. Well there you go, I have never ever heard this used before, Celedon, I will sound fancy now!x

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    1. You of all people will be able to use this lovely word Karla as you scoot through the celadon waters of the ocean....read Jule's comment above .
      Of you go fancy pants and enjoy! x

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  12. Love celadon.....so soothing,
    a bit like sea glass and fragile,
    early spring mornings : ) Your
    collage is beauty-full!

    xx Suzanne

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    1. Sea glass and early spring mornings Suzanne - what imagery you create.

      Even though we live near the beach and often go walking there and find lots of lovely treasures, sea glass has never been amongst it, sad but true.

      Happy day Lovely!

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  13. As a potter, my absolute favourite glaze. Look up the work of Gwen Piggot-Hansen for a treat. I am currently looking for a ceramic lamp in this colour. Will know it when I see it. No rush. Lovely word and the homewares are divine.

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    1. Wow! What a lovely adventure you sent me on - thank you SO much!
      Here's a lovely quote that I discovered whilst travelling the interweb marvelling at Gwyn's work:

      “I AM SIMPLY LOOKING FOR BEAUTY, WHATEVER THAT IS - IT’S NOTHING THAT CAN BE EXPLAINED - ONLY FELT.
      IF I FIND IT IN A SINGLE BOWL, OR WANDERING LINE OF POTS, GOOD. I AM GRATEFUL.”
      -POTTER, GWYN HANSSEN PIGOTT (via lemoncranes)

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    2. PS: You've probably already discovered it but I thought you might like this Tumblr, I was transfixed:

      http://divingintotheclay.tumblr.com/

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  14. Your mood board is exquisite
    Thankyou
    xx

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    1. Thanks Ally, it was a treat playing with this exquisite colour and I was fascinated by the range of products in this colour. Finding the cocoon made me recall an fabulous knitted jumper I had for many years in a pineapple stitch & of course a sage/celadon green....I do wonder what happened to it!

      Happy weekend,
      x

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  15. Ah, exhale. You can guess how much I adore celadon, Felicity. Just the sound of it is calming, let alone the hue. I am also a huge fan of cerulean! J x

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  16. Felicity, thank you, I've always pondered this colour's name and love it so.

    xx

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    1. I'm not surprised that you love it Jill.
      xx

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  17. Hmmm, this caught my eye and looked a bit familiar too....no wonder, LOL! Been here, commented. Didn't know you get to participate as hostess with the mostess too. Yay! xx, Margie

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    1. As Yoda would say .... "Cheeky I am."

      xx

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  18. Oh Felicity - I love that colour too! One of my favourites ever.

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    1. Not surprisingly since posting this, I'm seeing it everywhere - heightened awareness or something.
      Happy day,
      x

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Felicity x