There are handmade, heirloom advent calendars and store-bought, paper calendars, red and green calendars and striped calendars and polka dotted calendars.

Regardless of the form, the excitement of opening a package every day to count down the days until Christmas never fails to delight both the young and the old.

The Chattanooga gift advent calendar offers a daily suggestion for a local purchase to bring a little piece of the Scenic City to the holiday hoard under the tree.


Day 7
San Francisco-based artist Rae Dunn explains the foundations of her works with a reference to “wabi-sabi”-a Japanese aesthetic of the grace and power of the imperfect.

Dunn has translated that philosophy into the sleek pieces of clay pottery that are at once charming and humbling in their calm simplicity. Be they plates, bowls, salt and pepper containers or olive trays, the objects are all functional.

The artist, whose work is available at Lines Orchids in Warehouse Row, adds a playfully drawn adornment to each piece, such as a demurely colored fig on a bread plate, a large spoon on a ladle resting plate and the word “WRITE” centered under lines reminiscent of wide-ruled school paper on a pencil holder.

The shop’s inventory includes the full spectrum of Dunn’s pottery.

Where: 1110 Market St.
How much: Individual pieces sell for approximately $18, sets of mugs go for $64, sets of small plates retail for $38 and sets of large plates are priced at $90