I’ve been busy working on several new pieces of jewelry from broken china, and they are ready just in time for the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts. Here’s a bit about a few of my favorites…
It is always a pleasure to work on Haviland china, but this piece with its brilliant blue background and hand-gilded koi fish proved to be be both challenging and exquisite. The plate dates to 1880s in France and was produced by Charles Field Haviland. In addition to the koi swimming around the edge, the center of the plate included an unusual hand painted image of an infant swimming.
The distinctive style of the Russian-born, French artist known as Erté embodies the Art Deco period, and it influenced fashion, art, jewelry, costumes, and even Hollywood sets. This Japanese plate was issued in 1990, the year the artist died, and it features some of his distinctive illustrations decorated with gold.
During my first appearance at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, a guest specifically asked about Egyptian themed shards. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for dishes with a distinctive look. When I spotted this broken cup in Iowa City, I knew it was destined to be turned to jewelry.