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The Art of Valérie Buess

Posted on March 01, 2010 | 0 comments

The first time I saw the work of Swiss-born artist Valérie Buess, my heart skipped a beat.  These sublime pieces are impeccably crafted in porcelain, balanced atop a wire inset on a wooden base. Every detail is elegantly addressed, and the the calming, expressive faces of her figures are remarkable. I have one of Valérie's sculptures, and it is my favorite piece in my art collection.

Now living in Germany,  Valérie began crafting these angels 10 years ago.  She says "The flying guardian angel may sway gently on the wire attached to the wooden stand; when it does, maybe it is protecting you or someone close by."

As I glance at the little figurine perched on my desk, moving in the breeze, I like to believe that is true. Very true.

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Choosing the Text for your Custom Heirloom

Posted on February 26, 2010 | 0 comments

One of the questions I am most often asked is "What do you think I should I have stamped on my custom piece?" My answer is always a very honest one. The most special thing about having a Custom Ring Bearer Bowl™ or other custom piece made just for you is just that- it is made just for you.  Sure, I have stamped many wonderful words on pieces for other brides and other clients. Some of them have become favorites, some even added to our permanent collection. But what makes a custom piece wonderful is the meaning behind the words you choose - not someone else's clever idea, no matter how cute.

Perhaps your text is a few lines from a love note you have saved. A snippet of your wedding vows. A nickname, or an inside joke. When selecting your custom text, dig deep. Think with your heart. The most beautiful, most memorable, and most cherished words come from you and from those you love.

I look forward to making a beautiful custom piece for you soon. What will your custom text be?

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Introducing Our New Heirloom Packaging™

Posted on February 24, 2010 | 0 comments

In my journey to create items that will be passed on for generations to come, I am always working on ways to make my work better, even more special, and of even higher quality. To that end, the newest addition to the Paloma's Nest line is our Heirloom Packaging™.

Our Heirloom Packaging™ is now available  in the Paloma's Nest shop. Included are: a hand crafted wooden box, filled with nest to gently cradle your piece;  a length of Italian cotton ribbon, wrapped around the box; and a specially crafted wooden Heirloom Tag.  This Tag is designed to be a place to record the names and date of those who have received and loved the piece inside the box. As each generation inherits the treasured heirloom, they can add their names to the list on the tag- creating a written record of the history of the piece, detailing how and when it was enjoyed or used in celebration.

This special packaging is offered as an upgrade to any order; should you prefer our original Signature Packaging that we are known for, that is of course included with every piece at no additional cost. Enjoy!

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Inspired by Tradition: the work of Lauren Fowler, Fauna Studio

Posted on February 21, 2010 | 0 comments

The work of artist Lauren Fowler of Fauna Studio caught my eye because of its close resemblance to the historical whaling craft of scrimshaw. These necklaces are hand made of milky white or pale grey glass, kiln-fused with detailed illustrations; each pendant hangs from a vintage brass chain. Lauren says that in addition to scrimshaw, the inspiration for her current work includes the photography of Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) and Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932).  I am really loving the combination of influences in her work! Now to just pick one...

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