Dancing Colors

I recently stumbled across the story of a little 5 year old girl named Iris.  Iris has autism and is unable to speak.  But she has an incredible talent for painting and colors.  With the encouragement of her parents and the companionship of her cat Thula, she has created amazing artworks that have been compared to Monet’s impressionism.  There is a quiet, happy energy in her work that I love. Thought you’d enjoy them at the start of a new week.






More of Iris’s paintings can be found here.


My Ceramic Addiction

Lately I’ve been collecting images of beautiful ceramic art.  An addiction in the brewing, perhaps!  The pieces that I feel most drawn to all have a dash of unexpectedness in them: be it a swoosh of color, an elegant crooked edge, or an interesting texture.  I guess perfectly imperfect is the descriptor I am looking for.

There is a quality of intimacy in holding a ceramic object.  It’s a little treasure in your hands, brought to life by someone’s vision and skill.

Here are a few of my favorites:










{From top to bottom: Bailey Doesn’t Bark, Studio Joo, OVOceramics, Studio Arhoj, Sturdy, Red Raven Studios, Seasons for You}





I have a soft spot for Moleskin, the little black book that looks so polished, compact, and perfectly bare, ready to be imprinted with my thoughts and ideas.  What if this humble little notebook were to be transformed into an object of art?  That’s what’s happening at the London Design Festival this year, where they are exhibiting the Moleskin notebooks of designers and artists around the world. Here is a small selection of them:

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{Photos from Fast Company}

Sneak Peek

I’ve been busy the past few weeks, working on prototypes of new designs using the lost wax technique.  It’s a lot of fun, though daunting at times.  But I truly enjoy the experience of delving deeply into a process and learning every detail and nuance.

It’s kind of like being in a relationship with another person.  You find out how the material reacts to different temperatures, pressures and tools.  You uncover amazing qualities that may not be apparent at first, that make you fall just that much deeper in love.  And you learn to work through the rough patches and come out appreciating the special relationship you have with this craft.

My hope is to get everything ready by the busy gifting season.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of a ring that was inspired by this quote. It celebrates the beauty of the mountainside, not the mountain peak, because it is on the mountainsides where things grow.  And it is in the process, not the final outcome, where we can find moments that enrich our lives.