I have created these baby-animal pocket tokens, I call them Compassion, inspired by the true beauty and my deep love of their natural purity.
• The lion lying next to a baby lamb symbolizes our need to find softness within our strength.
• The little plump rabbit, luck.
• The baby fox, to be swift yet playful.
• The baby elephant, to remember all experiences grow wisdom.
• The baby piglet, to honor our own intuition and instinct.
• The baby dove, to resonate peace with every breath.
• The little frog, to rekindle stability and focus each day.
Together, these pocket tokens help remind us to soften our eyes and live with compassion."
The images on these are some of my favorite things from where I live: a young deer that I often see where I run, horses in the field, our impossibly big moons in the mountains.
They are all just so beautiful. And of course Christmas and snow and all the joy that brings. Everything is made by hand, start to finish in our tiny, (often snowbound) studio.
"The Flower of Life" is a pattern derived from sacred geometry representing Creation itself.
New York native Jane Diaz has collaborated with Nepalese metal smiths for twenty-six years creating a unique hand-made line of designer jewelry. A background in fine art, anthropology and dance, combined with a life-long passion for ritual and ornamentation, lead Jane to her success as a designer. Tying all these interests together, she envisions a collection of jewelry perfectly matched with the traditional hand- made techniques of Nepal. As the industrial world expands to consume many ancient crafts, Jane Diaz values the one of a kind distinction of the "human touch" to each individual piece. It is important to her to keep the skills of these craftsmen alive. Jane designs her jewelry as a way to express her life experience and aesthetic. The confetti of charms in the line make up a spiritual symbolism that has come out of personal inquiry, world travel and cultural studies. Painterly colors characterize her stone collections and the romance of periods such as the Victorian, Art Deco and Mid Century Modern give form and shape to her collections.
My subjects are typically not grand, they are you and me – a little awkward in their common work-a-day holiness. They are often not "getting it", or perhaps getting it wrong. They are misunderstood, like you and I are misunderstood, but loved and lovely too. They are a little heavy footed in their dancing, a little disheveled in their useful and inscrutable activities, a little disoriented in their best of intentions. The subjects in my paintings are metaphorical and mythological autobiography and when it is working, they are you too."
I tried to captured these colors of life in these two pieces. I think we wear jewelry because we are drawn to it, maybe because it captures or reflects a part of us...it's personal, not just something to match an outfit. Colors make me happy, and I want a constant reminder of what I strive for in my life...happiness."
One of the very special elements in this necklace is the tiny hand cut lapis beads that the pendant is strung between. They are the finest quality of lapis, and I absolutely love how tiny yet bright they are. The human hand is evident in them, giving them an organic yet refined feeling. The radiant blue topaz pendant is wrapped in 22k gold, which creates contrast and warmth.
I love designing jewelry that creates a statement, but can be worn and enjoyed every day. I feel these topaz pieces embody that spirit."
Evoking the sea and skies with a few perfect clouds, a blue and white palette brings comfort and style that's cool, calm, and collected. Alex Marshall’s blue and white ombre' glazing pays homage to this timeless color combination while updating it for today's design sensibilities. Staying true to our handmade ethos, our blue and white vase is glazed by hand dipping 60% of the vase in our royal blue glaze, turning it over and hand dipping 60% of the vase in our gloss white glaze. This hand glazing technique creates multiple layers of subtle light blues where the two glazes overlap and ensures each vase is as individual and unique as its new owner.
When spring comes along, and flowers blossom all around, so many colors brighten my days. This necklace defines what I love most - the combination of blue green and spots of yellow, just like the nature around us. There are many possibilities to wear this necklace. You can wear it with light or dark colors, brightening your look at any time and all seasons around the year."
Sentiment Bloom Be Cups
Handmade cups crafted from artfully asymmetrical, glazed clay then handpainted, inspiring people to bloom into the best version of themselves.
" I was first intrigued by butterflies on a trip to Mexico when I was a boy. As butterflies of all shapes, sizes and colors danced in the air around me I became aware of how fragile beauty can be. That moment and that realization have never left me."
Father and son photographers Dennis and Roy Barloga, each acclaimed in his own right, combine their separate expertise and visions. The arresting black and white photographs are giclée printed on unique paper, handmade from plant bark in Nepal. Totally handcrafted, each piece of paper is unique, with slight variations in color and thickness. Photos are individually printed, titled and signed.
Janna Ugone melds a passion for the natural world with a modern perspective to create artful objects for the home. She brings backgrounds in jewelry, ceramics and painting to her work, along with exceptional attention to detail and uncompromising dedication to quality. From conception to final inspection, each piece travels a long path of careful consideration. The result is handcrafted works of art that light up a room.
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