Here’s a great gift to help your favorite newlyweds count every minute of their wedded bliss: a Love Clock, handcrafted in the Hudson Valley by artist Leonie Lacouette of Leonie Time.
So what exactly is a “love clock”? We went to Leonie’s studio in Gardiner to watch one being made.
“I’ve been making clocks since 1983,” Leonie tells us as she begins putting together one of her Love Clocks. Back then, Leonie had just earned a degree in ceramics at SUNY New Paltz. Not knowing what projects she wanted to pursue after that, she came across an ad for clock parts and was inspired. “I ordered some clock parts and made some clocks. Then I went to an art show with some party things and some clocks, and guess what sold?” says Leonie.
“The Love Clock is something that I’ve been making for a very long time,” Leonie tells us, explaining how the design began with a definition of love she found in a 1904 dictionary. “A very dated thing, and quite lovely. If you look in a modern dictionary, you will not see these words.”
Originally, the words of the Love Clock were printed on paper which was then affixed to the timepiece’s mounting plate. When that method was no longer consistent with the type of work Leonie’s studio was doing, the Love Clock briefly went out of production. But along came a company that could laser-etch the words directly into the clock’s wooden mounting plates. “Leslie, one of my assistants found out about this and said ‘Maybe we can start making the Love Clock again’ and so we did,” recalls Leonie.
So who’s been buying the Love Clock? “It’s primarily a gift given to the bride and groom by their families, and also for anniversaries. But it can also be a gift given by couples who want to share their love with their bridal parties. The clock is not couple specific, it’s not flowery love, it’s not effeminate — it’s just love,” says Leonie.
Leonie Time’s Love Clock — and other pieces — can be easily ordered on the internet through the studio’s website and in 150 art galleries around the country. The Love Clock is also featured in the Artful Home catalogue. The clocks can be shipped all over world and have gone as far as Australia. For those living nearby, the clock can be purchased directly at Leoni’s studio providing it is currently in stock. “The internet is the best bet for availability,” says Leoni, “But if someone comes into my studio we will try our best to send them home with something.”
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