I’ve never been a big fan of Martha Stewart’s icy demeanor and hoity-toity attitude (I’ve met and worked with her on a few occasions, even traveled with her on a private plane from Florida to New York), but I greatly admire her work ethic and creativity. She’s still going strong at 70 (mentally and physically) and she just came out with a new book, called Entertaining.
Like the first Entertaining book she wrote three decades ago, when she was a caterer, this one is chock full of suggestions on how to throw glorious parties, from the food to the table décor. Unlike the first book, which featured parties thrown by numerous hosts, this one highlights only Martha’s personal events over a one-year period.
Interviewed recently on National Public Radio, Martha told the story of discovering molds for a nativity scene when she participated in a pottery group in jail. (Remember, she was sentenced to five months in prison, after being found guilty of some financial hanky panky.) Calling herself a “ceramist” (versus a “potter”), Martha convinced the teacher to let her make more than the one piece each inmate is allotted per month, so she could create the entire crèche (there are 15 pieces in Martha’s crèche.) She also used her stipend to buy supplies—such as clay—forgoing other “perks” she would have liked, she told the NPR interviewer.
As for painting the ceramic pieces, Martha didn’t have a large selection of colors, so she chose a color that reminds me of the one used on Wedgwood Drabware. I can’t resist calling it Prison Brown. It does look wonderful on her Nativity scene.
Martha, you ARE a force of nature! Merry Christmas.