Thursday, September 28, 2006

Nela Ceramic Salt & Pepper Shakers

We just got the neatest salt & pepper shakers in - so cool. There's only one hole in the bottom - that's where you pour the salt or pepper in and that's where the salt and pepper comes out when you shake the shaker. They are in glaze dipped colors or hand-painted designs.

These unique shakers are made by Marianela Borsten. Marianela worked in the family graphic arts and advertising business in her home country of Venezuela. This experience not only provided a strong foundation in visual communications, but it challenged her to seek a balance between the artistic and functional ideals that would eventually surface in her work as a full time clay artist. Since relocating to South Florida, Marianela founded Nela Ceramics where she creates a whole new approach towards the function of art in our daily lives.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

New Greeting Cards from Sybil Shane Studio

We now have new greeting cards from Sybil Shane Studio from the "Come To Your Senses" line. The cards are blank inside and with a blend of silk painting and Japanese calligraphy, they offer a visual expression of those gentle places found in our experience of the senses.

Sybil Shane Studio is located in the peaceful foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Sybil collaborates with Miyu Tamamura to collage their art together to create dynamic dancing brush strokes and rich silk textures. Their work attempts to explore a distinctive way to share their unique and artistic expression with everyone.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Lazy Susans from Shauna Morrissey

We've just received fantastic hand-painted work from Shauna Morrissey. Fifteen inch and twenty inch lazy suzans that have the richest colors and would be beautiful in any home. The larger ones can even be hung on the wall as art or use them on a table to brighten up your kitchen or dining room.

Shauna Morrissey grew up in Northern California and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1993. In 2000, after a particularly difficult year, she started building tables and painting them as therapy. Her tables and artwork were received with great enthusiasm, so Shauna decided to pursue this new passion full time.

In 2003, one of Shauna's designs was picked by PetSmart to be featured in their semi-annual "Just a Buck, Change Their Luck "campaign and raised over Three Million Dollars. These funds are used by PetSmart to support no kill shelters and fund adoption programs. This was an enormous thrill for Shauna and brought her company and artwork national attention.

Her products are finely crafted from alder, birch, poplar and pine. Each design is drawn onto the products, scored into the wood with a burning tool and underpainted by the creative employees at the studio of Shauna Morrissey. Shauna herself does all the finish painting, creating the shading and depth of each design. All of her paints and finishes are water-based and non-toxic.