Beautiful Leaves

 One leaf…  One imprint…  One of a Kind….

This red Oak leaf was found in the North Georgia Mountains. The real leaf was pressed into moist clay to capture its “One of a Kind” imprint! There will never be another one like this leaf.

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This One Leaf…

 A single red oak leaf is rolled into soft clay. It is then pressed, shaped, and molded into a dish. Once dry, it is kiln fired to burn away the leaf, leaving only ash and an imprint. This one leaf is then dipped in a foul concoction of spent ash and a mix of muddy minerals called wood ash glaze. Again it is returned to the kiln, fired to an even hotter temperature with the sole purpose of bringing out the beauty of the ashes and the imprint left behind!

  • Each leaf is made with non toxic clay & glazed with a food safe glaze.

  • Microwave and dishwasher safe

It’s such a joy to be able to share this “Red Oak” leaf with you. It was picked by the Stevens family on one of our many walks in the North Georgia Mountains.It is our simple hope… that you can enjoy the beauty of the Mountain leaves all year long.  Enjoy and God Bless, Moses and Mom

Apple Cake

Mrs. Grapell’s Apple Black Walnut Cake 

Every since I was a little girl I have loved Mrs. Grapell’s apple cake. Her son would bring it to our cottage prayer meeting every Thursday night when the apples were coming in. It was an all around favorite.  When I grew up and got married, Mrs. Grapell gave me this recipe to make for my guys.  So one day I was in my shop making soap dishes and began thinking…”what if”  I make my own baking dish…

So I did and the first thing I cooked in it that was worthy of such a beautiful dish was Mrs.Grapells apple cake!

The Clay Shack!

Welcome to our Clay Shack!

What a blessing this little metal building has been. Almost all the materials and furnishing are used, reclaimed, or bargains that only the Good Father could have provided.

Moses and I have had so much fun growing Muddy Moses and Mom since we first started in 2011… way back when Moses was 5 years old.

 I love the fact that clay can become anything you want it to be. I am reminded of the verse in Isaiah 64:8 “We are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

So here again, it is nice to know the end purpose of the piece you are making so that you can make it out of the right clay and handle it the correct way. The clay we use is a beautiful grey stoneware clay with freckles. It is a very hard, durable clay and able to with stand life as a soap dish or spoon rest. It is nontoxic, food safe, microwavable and it is dishwasher safe.

To make a clay leaf!!

To make our real leaves into stoneware imprinted dishes we start out with a lump of moist clay. The pliable clay is rolled flat in-between two pieces of muslin fabric on our slab roller. Once flat, we press the real leaf into the flattened clay. With a needle tool we trace around the leaf to form a “one of a kind” cut out. It is then shaped, molded, and allowed to dry in a special form which gives it a nice shape.

Wiping down!

Once the clay leaf is dry the boys and I spend quite a bit of time wiping down the dishes to make them smooth and getting them ready for their first firing in the kiln.

First firing!

The first firing of the clay leaf is important. It burns away the original leaf at some point during the firing that reaches 1888- 1911 degrees. After this firing the leaf is a bisque piece of clay. Which means all the water is gone but it has not reached maturity yet. It is hard, porous, and thirsty for glaze. The bottoms of the leaves are waxed to resist the glaze. This is important so that the leaf does not stick to the bottom of the kiln.



Each leaf is dipped into one of our custom made non-toxic glazes which is a concoction of minerals suspended in water creating a slurry that coats the thirsty leaf.

Final Firing!

The dipped leaves are returned to the kiln for their final firing. This firing reached 2167-2205 degrees. Which is hot enough to melt the slurry mixture and transform it into a beautiful glassy finish which covers the leaf imprint with its own protective waterproof coating. This firing really transforms the clay into a “One of a kind” stone ware treasure.

Next Week:

Opening the Kiln… They are ready!

Leaf Hunting

Greeting Leaf Lovers!

Growing up and raising my boys in the Appalachian Mountains has been nothing but pure Joy for me. I love to go on walks with my boys, down the miles of dirt roads and across the fields exploring and looking at the wonderful world God made.


The fall is a perfect time to go outside leaf looking and hunting for those perfect leaves that have fallen to their final resting place. Mountain Red Oaks are strong and mighty tree that happen to be one of my favorites due to their leaves. Over the last two years it has become a fun sort of game to search and identify all the diverse types of red oaks growing across the southeast. During my leaf looking I have learned that there are 100’s of different red oaks and they can even be different from one mountain range to the next. God loves variety when it comes to reproducing red oaks!!

Our leaf hunt starts out very simply… with a question!

“What is the end goal and purpose for this one leaf?” The end purpose of the leaf helps us pick the right size and shape leaf when we go out collecting. We may walk for miles collecting leaves and enjoying the beauty of nature. Fall is such a beautiful time of year to be outside. I love carrying my White Oak Moses basket that Jon Tom had Mike Hutto make for me. Carrying this basket of leaves is like carrying a basket full of hopes and dreams… little future blessings that can be shared with others and enjoyed all year long. Each leaf is made from ONE real leaf that was picked up with purpose and plan in mind. Pressed into a bit of earth, there to make its final imprint, its molded and made into a treasure. Reminds me of Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

For me, I make dishes mainly to complement my soap, however the possibilities are numerous.

  • Soap dish
  • Spoon rest
  • Butter tray
  • Eye glasses holders
  • Tea bag tray
  • Change dish
  • Candy dish
  • Jewelry holder

As I look for leaves I am looking for a leaf that is big enough to cover my hand. The Mountain Red Oaks have a great shape and are perfectly sized for my soap dishes. So, when the basket is full of hopes and dreams… we head back to the house. Tomorrow a whole new day of leaf making will begin.


Enjoy and God Bless, Mom aka Ms. Jenny



Join us Monday for “The Clay Shack”