Weaving Palm Leaves – Fakarava, French Polynesia

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Always Something Beautiful to Discover A little trip over to French Polynesia on the island of Fakarava – a Unesco Bio-sphere Reserve – famous for its shark wall that the divers love to see. But how many of you really know what goes into to create the thatched roofs so famous here in the South Pacific? I created this video using the new Pearl App for iphone with photos I took there.  When I was visiting the island, I learned how to braid/weave … Read More

What is your favorite fairytale today?

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What is your favorite fairytale today? “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ―Albert Einstein, who was born on this day in 1879    

Necklace Pech Merle

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I am excited to share with you a couple of porcelain necklaces inspired by the imagery of the Pech Merle prehistoric caves in France.  The handprint stencil appears numerous times in the caves in black and red tones.  I have included one image here of hands. You can read more about the caves at their site and see images of the famous spotted horses: http://www.pechmerle.com/english/index.php  


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I was reading an Italian book last night while firing some ornaments in the kiln. In the story they used the word ‘turchino’ which I was not familiar with, which led to learning about two words for two colors that came from Turkish into the Italian language: turchese and turchino.  Turchese is the color and the stone Turquoise, while turchino means a dark blue. When I opened the kiln in the morning, I had octopus to illustrate the difference:  

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