During lockdown I picked up my paintbrushes, shifted my easel into the sunniest corner of my sunroom and I started painting. I haven't stopped.
As an artist I've worked over a decade in ceramics, almost exclusively porcelain and now I'm expanding.
It is indescribably freeing to mix luxuriously creamy oil paint into any color I can imagine. In ceramics I worried about overfiring, glaze irregularities, kilns malfunctioning, and my colors burning out at the very high temperatures needed to mature the clay. With paint, I simply mix my dream colors and paint. The ease is addicting!
I stopped painting for 15 years.
When I went to college I intended to study painting and art history. Two disciplines that have made their way into my ceramics in countless ways since I started my business in 2009. I unexpectedly fell in love with clay in college, and as the story goes-- everything changed and this amazing business of mine was born!
When the chaos and uncertainty of Covid-19 hit, it was in my painting practice that I sought comfort and creative release. It was a return to a familiar anchor of creativity, yet it was also a fresh challenge fitting for an unfamiliar time.
I tried to keep up my normal ceramic studio practice, but life was anything but normal during lockdown. Instead it was painting that filled my hours and kept my creativity company.
I needed to paint.
My southern garden began to grow, the light grew longer and warmer, and I watched as my peonies, gardenias, irises, and hydrangeas began their summertime debut. Their colors, the flickering, dappled light, and the movement of the leaves, it all pushed into my studio and found its home on my canvas. This collection was born.
On Friday, 6/19 at noon EST I'm sharing my original oil paintings with you for the very first time.
Each brushstroke holds a part of me. Every color captures the vibrancy and submission of natural life, held in balance.
I found painting to be an illuminating reminder that life ebbs and flows. Every petal forms and falls, the light and air a part of this process. It's a simple reminder to find peace in every season of life.
Thank you for your support as I embark on this new season of my life. I hope my art will continue to bring beauty, inspiration, calm, and a brightness of spirit into your lives!
P.S. I've signed every original oil painting in this collection in a rosy pink hue. This is a hint to my beloved pink porcelain dessert plates that skyrocketed my brand globally. It's a little insider secret that only my biggest fans will know to look for and appreciate! Shhhh...
How is your new year going? We're loving 2020 so far! In the studio we've been working on our next few collections and we're thrilled to share that our Hand-Built Serving Bowl Collection is launching next week!
An impressive Thanksgiving centerpiece doesn't need to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time-- and you don't have to be a professional florist to pull this off. Today I created an impromptu foliage-forward centerpiece on instagram live in 25 minutes with less than $20 of flowers from Trader Joe's. In this post I'm walking you through the steps I took to create this centerpiece arrangement. I use a variation of this basic process every time I style an arrangement. Alright, let's get started! Click below for the directions and step by step photos.
I hope you're wrapping up a beautiful summer and just as excited as I am for the upcoming season! This summer was filled with so many beautiful colors and textures, and the mark these experiences left on my work is evidenced in my Artist Originals from Summer 2019.
After releasing dozens of entirely one-of-a kind, never to be made again pieces this summer (not to mention hundreds of Made to Order dinnerware pieces) there are ONLY four pieces left to collect from my entire Summer 2019 Artist Original Collections.
These designs reflect the effortless elegance of summer days and casual evenings, but they're designed to look incredible on your table and in your home year round! Promise, that seaside inspired Amalfi Collection will steal the show on your holiday table this winter!
While we're talking about the holidays... Please note if you're looking to round out your collection of dinnerware staples, many of these items are now available Made to Order! We suggest getting an early start on curating and collecting for your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas tables. Our tiny team of two produces a large assortment each holiday season yet we alwayssell out (thanks to you lovely people!). Our goal this year is to offer more Made to Order staples earlier in the season to help you secure your heirloom porcelain before it's gone!
As always thank you for your support! My small handmade business couldn't do what it does year after year without you!
The monthly Artist Original Collections are an opportunity for me to create freely, without the boundaries of production. The idea for this collection struck me a few years ago and I couldn't shake it... or find the time to express it. Thankfully that has changed with our new release structure. I sat down at my wheel and began the process of interpreting the vague idea in my mind into something tangible, beautiful, and utterly collectible. This collection is a work in progress but I have a couple sneak peek photos for you!