From as early as I can remember, I have had a fondness for old china and have cherished pieces from my family. I shape broken pieces of heirloom china and repurpose them in mosaic designs for the home.
I call my work ‘elegant memoryware’ because each piece I create evokes memories of a time past in elegant combinations for tables, trays, mirrors and turntables. I may take a cup handle or a lid or chipped saucer as the start of my inspiration for a piece. And then, hundreds of shards later, an individual work of functional art appears. Often I work on commission using china or a little table that has been in a client’s attic. I find beauty in the broken pieces and delight in imagining them as part of a whole that gives all the shards new life. Each one unique.
Much of my life has been in the business world, but the ‘through thread’ has always been art and the creative process. My formal art education began at the High School of Music and Art in New York and continued at the Art Students League and Brown University. I have trained with mosaicists in New York and Baltimore. My mosaics have been exhibited in Washington D.C., New York and Scottsdale, Arizona and are in over 30 private collections in the Washington area, New York, Arizona, Michigan, and Texas.
My inspiration for new work emerges from many sources – a Fenninger painting was the catalyst for a 2,000 piece desk top; an exquisite Imari plate discovered in an antique shop is now captured in a turntable; a client’s lovely broken 1840’s Staffordshire blue & white charger has become the focal point for an antique table top. A piece may take anywhere from three to eight weeks to complete. Timing is dependent upon a multitude of factors including the size of the project, finding coordinating patterns and vintages of china, complexity of design.
For custom work, I begin with discussions with the client, photographs of the room in which the piece will be used and color samples. Then, I select china and create a preliminary design to review with the client. Next, the artistic process takes over.