Consisting of mirrors, table
tops, encrusted furniture, and decorative accessories…
Dishes that once
stood proudly in grandma's china cabinet are now incorporated
into one-of-a-kind objects that can be enjoyed in new ways.
Intricate designs are created by piecing together tiles chipped
from old plates. In its chunkier, funkier version, this folk-art
technique is known by the French term pique assiette
or picassiette. Other names for this style include
memoryware or shardware.
In my Keepsake Collection
pieces I use fine old china and practice a highly refined
version of this technique. I work with the patterned portions
of the porcelain in three ways: lifting the main motif intact
and using it as a large tile; fitting the broken pieces together
randomly for overall color and texture; and/or reconstructing
the motif for an uninterrupted line of color and pattern.
Most of my work combines bits of porcelain with tiles cut
from opaque stained glass, which are used to create areas
of transition between complementary patterns.
The pieces pictured here give you an idea of what can be done with beautiful old china. The color and patern possibilities are limitless. Price varies, depending on the size and complexity of the project, whether it incorporates an antique table or other "found object," and the actual value of the china used. Contact me about pricing and to inquire about custom colors and sizes.
I am always on the hunt for vintage
dishes—especially for broken sets and chipped or cracked "collectible"
patterns. Do you have a box of china gathering dust in your
attic or basement?