Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot
Black-Eyed Susan, rosemary, Stoke’s Aster, and another type of purple flower, with hand-painted ceramics.
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In association with National Geographic, ecommerce site Novica provides a platform for artisans around the globe to sell their artwork and wares. There’s sterling silver jewelry with druzy gems from Brazil and turquoise from Mexico, African masks and handwoven baskets, batik scarves and pillows from India, rugs from the Andes Mountains, Mayan hammocks, Balinese coconut carvings, Thai ceramics, and other home furnishings, fashions and accessories with an ethnic flavor. Novica gave me a $75 gift certificate to pass on to one of you. If you win, consider using it for a unique gift for your mom, seeing how Mother’s Day is not far off.
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S H O P P I N G
1 ‘White-Eyed Lotus’ pearl flower earrings by Nyoman Rena, $24.49
2 ‘Night Thunder’ beaded basket by Wayan Sukerni, $59.99
3 ‘Blue Jasmine’ silk batik scarf by Yuni Kristina, $36.95
4 ‘Surya the Sun’ Madhubani painting journal, $27.95
5 ‘Blossom’ sterling silver + garnet pen by Dewi Putera, $89.95
6 ‘Elephant Pride’ gold-plated ring by Jantana, $67.99
7 ‘Modern Mexican Jade’ ceramic lamp by Ismael Rodriguez, $119.99
8 ‘Conquistador’ bronze sculpture by Goga, $907.95
9 ‘Dazzling Rio’ buriti palm tote by Carlos Paiva, $72.99
10 ‘Pacific Night’ Andes wool rug, $399.95
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If you’ve got a pottery fetish, chances are you know the work of Jill Rosenwald. Ceramicist and Back Bay mom, Jill has been designing whirly swirly patterned bowls and vases for years. I recently profiled her ups and downs in Stuff Magazine in “Ceramic Designer Jill Rosenwald Has Once Again Found Her Niche.” It’s worth a read – she’s hysterical when she talks about how she got started. (A cute guy and lots of hideous earrings.) Here are some other fun tidbits from the interview, as well as a sampling of Jill’s designs.
Where are you finding inspiration these days?
These days a lot of my inspiration is coming from my husband, Lawrence, who just launched a line of lamps with cut-outs, so I’m doing a lot of circles. Also, mistakes are the best thing ever. Laurence made a big drill bit for a lamp, but the piece he ended up with looks like lace. There was nothing left, but it was great looking.
When I visited your studio I saw a pair of Pucci underwear pinned on your inspiration board.
Yes, grandma’s underwear. I knew my grandmother had Pucci scarves, but when she died and my mom went to clean out her place, she found that pair in a drawer, wrapped in tissue paper. I’m a big Pucci fan too.
Diana Vreeland, Gio Ponti, Charles and Ray Eames.
What were your earliest inspirations and influences?
The Guggenheim museum. I grew up near it. I love that building. I grew up around hippies, and that influenced me quite a bit too.
I’m in passionate search for fabric for four chairs in my house. I really want to do them in Kelly Wearstler citrus green Trellis, but it’s expensive. Her fabric design is so great. I love how it is huge, really overblown, big and bold and fabulous. I’m also loving Galbraith and Paul’s hand-blocked printed fabrics, but at a hundred bucks a yard, it’s not happening. I also love Roberta Roller Rabbit’s simple cool prints on linen for $20 a yard. I might get one of those.
Jill Rosenwald Home Collection