NYC is a study of gray. We walk out of our home each day and are met with gray buildings, gray pavement, gray clothing, gray metal gates that protect store windows, and sometimes, especially this year, the gray of the day old snow. It is our daily palette. I find the grey somewhat soothing, and sometimes quite beautiful.
It wasn't strange to us at all, that I had acquired a large collection of objects that were grey and black.
There are tin types with portraits of those unknown to us, vintage letter charts with a basic font for learning. Many blackboards, some broken, others pristine, and a beautiful stack of Joan Platt bowls in a blackish brown that I cherish.
Spools, dominoes, plates, a wire rack, composition notebooks, cameras and fans work together because of their color.
To view and purchase some of Joan's beautiful ceramic pieces, please visit