Running Away from Home

Did you ever have one of those days? The kind where you just have too much around you and you need to get away… But you can’t.

I was buried by the “ou” words – should, could, would, ought. They make me crazy! So I ran away from home. I didn’t go far because I still had to cook dinner.

I closed myself off in my studio and had a little one-day vacation. I shut the door and by some weird chance no one bothered me till I had this piece finished. I escaped from my usual decoupage and fabric art.  That made it a kind of vacation from my own studio too. 

I love mobiles. They combine precision and free form floating.

No one else will ever see this because it can’t be moved. It will live in this spot till someone else takes it down.

 

I call it “Tempus Fugit“. What is more fragile and moves more quickly than time or thistledown?

Chinese Porcelain

You’ve seen blue and white china around all of your life, at restaurants, grandma’s house, where ever. It’s often called “Willow Pattern”.   I’ve always loved the blue color.  But I
never knew there was so much more to the story.  This is the kind of thing your Grandmother had in a glass-fronted cabinet or on the mantel. Aishin Romance 1

Welcome to the 21st century.

Never Apart   After I saw some of the contemporary look of Chinese Porcelain my curiosity was sparked.
How did it get from “there” to “here”.
So here’s a very brief history.

I’ve always wanted to know Why Blue? Sure, I love the color and Cobalt Blue is a wonderful color to use as a decorating accent (or all over for that matter), but where did “Willow pattern” and all the rest come from? And why is Jingdezhen called the porcelain capital of China?

It seemed logical that the manufacturing of anything would begin with the raw materials. So…

They start with Kaolinite, a fine white clay, and the name is derived from Kao-ling or Gaoling, a village near Jingdezhen. (This is the same stuff they once used in Kaopectate. Is that weird!?) Jingdezhen’s porcelain has been famous not only in China but also internationally for being “as thin as paper, as white as jade, as bright as a mirror, and as sound as a bell”.

The development of Cobalt blue decorations was due to the combination of Chinese techniques and Islamic trade. Cobalt blue pigments were excavated from local mines in central Persia from the 9th century, and then were exported as a raw material to China. The blue and white designs on what we call ‘china’ were made possible by the Cobalt from Persia (called Huihui qing, “Islamic blue”), combined with the translucent white quality of Chinese porcelain. In the early 14th century mass-production of fine, translucent, blue and white porcelain started at Jingdezhen.

(My apologies to the original authors. Most of this was lifted from Wikipedia and slightly modified for use here.) 

Porcelain production in Jingdezhen today.

So that’s your brief history. But there’s more to this story.

New in the Studio

Curls and twists and beads and sculptural objects out of ribbon. 

 

  

Freeform sculpture with stiffened ribbon and beads, sparkly and shiney.  Ornaments for an office cubicle, a Christmas tree, anyplace something little and pretty can hang. 

The earrings from this technique are going to be awesome! 

It’s all about doing what you need to do.

This new collection doesn’t fit in any of my shops so it’s in the catalogue on MY NEW WEB SITE (WooHoo!!)