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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Friendships, Family Heirlooms and a Farmhouse Kitchen

It has been a long time since I have written a post...and for this I apologize.  Life gets so busy sometimes and one forgets how meaningful life's little pleasures are when they are put aside for the time being. 

In November I had the wonderful opportunity to spend 10 days in Spain; 3 days in Madrid at the Tom Bishop Miniature Show where I met many of the wonderful miniature artisans who I have admired for so long and many who I am fortunate to call my friends.  I then went on to spend 5 days in Barcelona, 2 of those days spent touring Barcelona with Eva Perendreu and meeting a few wonderful miniature artisans from the Barcelona area over coffee (including Ivana Paez and Jorgelina Ferreyra from Argentina). Thank you Eva, Susi, Maria Jose Blanco and Ana Mimundorosa for helping me with my travel plans...

Susi from MiniEdenTienda
Eva Perendreu

After I returned home I moved my studio into one room that I can dedicate to my miniatures.   I collect vintage Denby stoneware, some of which was passed down to me from my mother who bought it when she was on her honeymoon with my father in the early '70's.  I was happy to be able to incorporate a few of these wonderful heirlooms into my studio space.

Many of my miniatures are modeled after the things that were in both of my grandmother's kitchens.  I have been working on my maternal grandmother's summer kitchen over the past year...I have included a photo so that you can see the progress.