In support of living history, la Compagnie des Beaux Eaux sponsored the March Tippecanoe County Historical Society’s French Colonial Living History Weekend Campout, which demonstrated how mid-18th-century French habitants would have lived on the banks of the Wabash River.
Held in the Ft. Ouiatenon block house, the event was challenged by a late spring snow. Reenactors dedicated to authentic French Colonial living history came together to exchange ideas and explore the possibilities for future events. David’s pottery was used in a setting similar to that which the early French traders and habitants would have encountered.
During the first weekend in June, they met again and shared their event with interested members of the public.
We recently learned that David and Marj were both accepted by the magazine Early American Life to be included in their Directory of Traditional American Crafts, which will appear in the August issue of the magazine. David is listed for in the Pottery section, and Marj is listed for in the Textiles section.
For more information about the magazine and directory, see http://www.EarlyAmericanLife.com
la Compagnie des Beaux Eaux at the Kalamazoo Living History Show 2018
We participated in the Kalamazoo Living History Show for the first time in March. We enjoyed ourselves greatly and are looking forward to future shows.
As a recognition of the authenticity and quality of David’s pottery, the Baldwin’s Regiment of Quartermaster Artificers has recently accepted us into their organization. Now when you see us at an event, we will proudly display this sign.
The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is 50 years old this year. We hope some of you took part in the monthly programs leading up to this wonderful event. We invite everyone to come to the Feast this year! This event supports 50 local non-profits. The Feast will take place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017. We’d love to see you there! Here’s a taste of the authentic reproduction French colonial pottery you will be able to buy at our booth this year!
Saintonge utilitarian pottery
Beginning in 2017, we are also expanding our business to include both shows and reenactments. We had a wonderful time at the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous in May and we are looking forward to next year. Look for La Compagnie des Beaux Eaux and come say hi!
Click here to see more authentic reproduction French colonial pottery by David
Click here to see authentic reproduction textiles by Marj
Click here to see authentic reproduction glass beads by Richard
On September 30, 2016 the local fourth grade class field trip groups came out to see the Feast as it was being set up. Then Oct 1 and 2 was the big event! We sold a record amount of merchandise, celebrated David’s birthday, and generally had a fantastic time dressing up in funny clothes.
Photos © Karla Hovde 2016. Contact her for permission to re-use photos.
We are gearing up for our favorite time of the year, The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. It is October 1st and 2nd in 2016, at Fort Ouiatenon, Indiana. (Get directions)
La Compagnie des Beaux Eaux will be in the same place as always on the grounds, although we have a new booth number – #210. Here is a map of the grounds and the schedule of events. We’d love for you to stop by and say “Hello!” The weather looks as if it is going to be pretty good.
We are in the process of updating our pottery and textiles sections of the website with our 2016 merchandise, but meanwhile below are some photos of David’s period-appropriate pottery as a taste of what you can buy at the Feast this year! He has a lot of exciting new types of pottery we’ve never sold before. (Candlestick for size reference)
If you have questions or comments, leave us a comment below or send us a note on our contact page. David will be happy to tell you more about the history of each type of pottery or set aside certain pots if you know you will buy them.
So will we see you at the Feast this weekend?