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save the date: Firefly Handmade Holiday Market

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Please save the date(s) for the Firefly Handmade 2010 Holiday Market, taking place in Boulder and featuring 60+ Indie Makers.  If you live anywhere even remotely close to Boulder be sure not to miss this event.  We can’t wait!

December 10th, 5pm-9pm
December 11th, 10am-5pm
December 12th, 10am-3pm

60+ Indie Makers, Gifts for EVERYONE on your List!
Sandwiches & Snacks from Dish Gourmet
Kids Craft Activities sponsored by Clementine Studio
Community Table (we will be volunteering here) courtesy of the Makerie
+ Eco Gift Wrap from Lyziwraps and oh so much more!

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My Maruca Loot – Fall 2010

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

After an extended hiatus from blogging to re-energize and get some projects built cheap viagra canada (and ride my bike in Tuscany), I am back with renewed focus and lots of ideas.  It seems fitting that my first post of the Fall season features the handmade, woven works of Maruca Design…some of you probably know by now that I love textiles, and someday – someday! – with any luck I’ll pull my floor loom out of storage, learn to spin fiber and start weaving again.  In the meantime, I’ve been focusing on drawing inspiration from the everyday things around me, in particular the colors, textures and light that Fall brings.  Along with work from my fellow makers.

On Friday I spent several hours at the Maruca Design studio here in Boulder.  Their annual sale provides a rare opportunity to poke around their fun workspace and purchase beautiful jacquard handbags at a seriously discounted rate.  They also have boxes of fabric scraps sold by the pound and yardage of woven fabrics in multiple patterns and colorways.  Heaven, right?  I had to resist buying fabrics for some yet-to-be-determined project, but I did make a mental note of everything there and how I could use it.

I couldn’t resist some of their handbags, however, so I stocked up for future holiday gifts, or maybe just to keep for myself…we’ll see.  If you missed the sale and want to purchase a Maruca bag locally, they are sold at the Boulder Arts Cooperative.  If you live elsewhere, Maruca has a list of vendors on their website.  Their bags can even be found in my hometown of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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As we celebrate Spring…

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

On April 1st Heath Ceramics will release a limited edition Summer Seasonal Collection.  As you probably know by literature review writing now, I love – okay, adore – everything that Heath Ceramics makes, and their their new Ocean Pacific pattern has me wishing for an unlimited budget (and space) to continue building my humble collection.

From Heath: the Seasonal concept gives us a chance to explore new colors, techniques and ideas without altering our standard line. We offer them in limited edition runs, as a way to explore our creativity, and push the limits of our design and manufacturing capabilities.

This season we bring you Ocean Pacific, a three-color pattern created by two glazes. It starts with aqua — each piece is hand-dipped. Once dry (within moments), the piece is dipped again, this time in zest yellow. In the area where the aqua and zest overlap, another vibrant yellow is created. The resulting pattern resembles the horizon line of the sea on a bright summer day — the inspiration palette for the 2010 Summer Collection.


AMAZING.  Maybe it’s crazy that these little pieces of art can fill my being with such joy, but I think that’s just it – everything Heath makes are objects of art.  Not to mention that I’m craving bright splashes of color following the subtle surroundings of winter.  Enjoy.

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Mixed Media in Santa Fe

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The work of mixed media artist Pascal Pierme has been inspiring me for years.   He lives in one of my favorite places on earth – Santa Fe, New Mexico – and his unique approach to sculpting with wood and metal resonates with my fundamental interest in color, texture and composition.

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I am fortunate enough to have one of Pascal’s wall pieces in my own home.  While the Pascal is a great conversation piece, it is also the perfect compliment to the finishes, palette and furnishings of the space.

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photo by Ben Tremper


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krDESIGNco loves Heath Ceramics

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I was introduced to Heath Ceramics years ago while visiting a girlfriend in Berkeley, California.  We spent a day at their Sausalito factory and showroom and I was immediately in awe.  Founded in 1948 by Edith Heath, Heath Ceramics is known for handcrafting tile and tableware for those who appreciate classic, modern design paired with functionality.

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Heath’s pieces live in the permanent collection of the MoMA as well as in hotels, restaurants, retailers and homes that focus on exceptional design.

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Since Edith Heath became the first non-architect to win the prestigious AIA Gold Medal Award for the exterior tile on Pasadena’s Norton Simon museum, Heath’s ceramic tile has been known for its high quality and design-leading aesthetics.

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Interior of Skirkanich Hall at University of Pennsylvania

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Residential home exterior by Addison Strong

Heath Ceramics is one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries still in existence today.  Not only am I drawn to their work because I love the form, color, pattern and texture of everything Heath creates, I am also inspired by Edith Heath’s vision and impact as a strong and talented woman making her mark by following her dreams.

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Please visit the Heath Ceramics website at http://www.heathceramics.com/heath/ I hope that you’ll appreciate their work as much as I do!

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