Saturday, September 29, 2012

Keeping Things Interesting

Change happens at Apotheca every day.  Whether it's a new customer, a new gift item, a new local artist display, or a whole new look, it sure keeps things interesting!  

 Some of you may remember these from a few years ago.

Our most recent project, the flower cooler updates, have certainly been a challenge, and we so appreciate all the interest and patience shown by our wonderful customers as they peek in at the progress and work their way around our projects!  Really, we must have the most awesome customer/friend base around! 

Stay tuned for new pictures as our updates come to a least for now! 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Two Friends Meet Again

Yesterday we went to the amazing League of New Hampshire Craftsman Fair.  It is just spectacular to see so many talented people flanked by the fruits of hours and hours spent honing their craft and perfecting their art.  Something special happened while I was there  yesterday and I wanted to share it, but first some background:

When we first opened the shop, I was in search of a potter.  I prayed for a potter, someone of the earth, someone with unique wares, someone who was good--not just in craft but in spirit.

My mom and I were driving through Northwood, New Hampshire when I spied a sign that led me to the work of a Mr. Jon Zentner.  I didn't meet Jon that day, but I met his pots.  They were incredible.  So much texture, unpredictable interest, and yes, an amazing earthy quality. I was to later learn that this comes from wood firing with knowledge and fabulously intuitive technique.  

When I finally did meet Jon it was a memorable opportunity!  He was a very tall man in stature but with a gentle, humble spirit, full of peace and--for reasons I'm not sure how to articulate--he was a someone that left an impression.  His presence in a room inspired a person to be a little think a little listen dig a little deeper into the clay...what ever your clay might be.  Jon Zenter died in 2008 and is missed by so many. 

So here I am, 2012 in Sunapee surrounded by beautiful things...but there is one collection of objects I just can't shake. They involve some pieces of pottery at the booth of Becca and Nathan Webb of TwoPotters. 

I had left their gorgeous display of wares, circled around a couple times, walked clear back to the opposite end of the fair, but still couldn't shake it.  Finally, credit card in hand, Cochlea and I walked back.  I had to buy one of their butter keepers.  Standing there, hemming and hawing in front of three fantastic options...a drip of glaze and fabulously messy spackle on the back of one of the pieces caught my eye..."Jon Zenter"--his name popped into my spirit.  Instantly I knew that somehow, in whatever large or small way, there was a piece of Jon in this clay.  I turned to Becca Webb, "Did you know a man named Jon Zenter."  "Yes, we did".  I didn't ask details.  

Perhaps I formed my own conclusions right or wrong about the relationship among the potters...but as I paid for the butter keeper I thought to myself, how beautiful to be an live forever. When you pour yourself openly into a love of creating, that love spills onto other people.  You share with each other through inspiration, motivation,  interpretation, evolution, one way or another your creative endeavors live on long after you are gone.  Thank you, Jon and thank you, Becca and Nathan Webb.  My Jon Zentner Syrup Keeper is so happy to have the company of TwoPotters' Butter Keeper. 

Two Friends meet again, this time on my shelf.


Thursday, May 10, 2012


Mother's Day is fast upon us, and the shoppe is a-buzz, so don't wait too long to get your orders in!  We are happy to help you send flowers to the woman in your life - mother, mentor, care-giver! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Coming in May - Soap Making Class!!

Have you ever wondered how to make your own Back to Basics, honest-to-goodness, handmade soap?? 

Gail Palmer of Village Soaps and Scents will teach you how!  After class, you'll bring home a bar of soap and be ready to start a new tradition!

Saturday, May 26th

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Ages 12 and up; maximum of 8 students

$30 materials included
Must preregister 497.4940

More classes and events offered on our website Calendar of Events!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Marissa Girard - Gallery Featured Artist and Reception!

See the work of Goffstown's own oil artist Marissa Girard featured in our gallery for the month of March!  

Meet the artist!  

Reception Friday, March 16th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  

Art, Wine, Friends!

More on our website.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Painting with Lindsay!

Are you dreaming of crocuses and daffodils?  Come to paint and commune with flowers and refresh your creative spirit!  Never painted or drawn before?  No problem!  Build your confidence and skill in a supportive environment and explore acrylic, pastel, oil, and watercolor.  During two three-hour sessions, we will explore various topics such as light, mood, color and texture.

Date: Saturdays, March 10 & 17 (two sessions)

Time: 9:00 - 12:00

Cost: $60  includes all materials!

All ages and levels welcome!

Call 497-4940   (please pre-register)

Friday, February 24, 2012

More Zentangle!!

Zentangle classes coming up in March and April!

1)  The first is Zentangle for Kids, taught by local artist Jeanne Bisceglia - 
'Have fun creating shapes with patterns! You can find your inspiration from nature or just any objects like musical instruments, coffee mugs or cup cakes. The doodle techniques are easy to learn.'

Date:  March 24th and 31st (two sessions)
Time:  9 - 11 a.m.
Cost:  $40 for both sessions, materials included
Ages 8 - 12
Minimum/Maximum of 4 students
Call 497-4940 to preregister.

2)  And a second class with local artist Diane Ryan -  'It's time to get untangled with zentangle,  a visual meditation!

Relaxing, spring themed class for a Saturday morning - drawing lovely patterns.

The patterns are simple and easy to learn. Everyone can do it!'

Dates: 2 Saturdays - 4/7 and 4/14
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost:  $60.00 including materials (includes both sessions)

Maximum of 12 students, 12 years and up

Call 497.4940 to preregister.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sweet Valentine!

Remember Your Sweetheart! Call to order 603.497.4940

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentine's Day is Around the Corner!!

Sneak Peeks!  Gifts, Flowers, Treats, and Gift Cards for that Special Someone!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Winter Doldrums?? Learn something NEW with us!

We have WONDERFUL classes coming up!  Here's a preview, but there's more information on our website, so check it out!

January 21 & 28 - 'Spring in January' Acrylic Art Class with Michelle Dyson

February 4 - 'Make it with Love'  Valentine Card-making Class with Laurie Fleming

February 11 - JuJu Beads 'Pocketful of Posies' Bracelet-making Class with Deanna Erickson

In the works...more ZENTANGLE!