Wordless Wednesday: Celtic Cross in Mother of Pearl

Celtic Cross in Mother of Pearl and Glass on slate, 8x10 inches, by Margaret Almon.

Celtic Cross in Mother of Pearl and Glass on slate, 8×10 inches, by Margaret Almon.

Lalique Perfume Bottle: Bouchon Mures at the Corning Museum of Glass

Perfume Bottle Bouchon mures (Berry Stopper) 1920 Rene Lalique

Perfume Bottle Bouchon Mures (Berry Stopper), 1920, Rene Lalique. Corning Museum of Glass. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

Lalique takes the form of a bottle stopper and lets it unfurl into branches heavy with fruit.  I imagine the rounded topography of the berries, the bead-like drupelets.  I wondered if there was an ombre berry like the ones in Lalique’s imagination, and found salmonberries.  Sometimes when I eat raw berries my lips swell like drupelets, but in cooked in a pie I am ready to take them on.

More Lalique goodness:

Lalique Squirrel

Lalique Goldfish

Fluffy and the Rainbow Starflower for National Cat Day

Rainbow Starflower with Fluffy Client Photo

One of Wayne Stratz’s Rainbow Starflowers in a client’s window, all with Fluffy, on the outside looking in.  Photo by Michelle Francl.

Steve Tobin Studio Tour: Orange Brilliance


When the Michener Museum offered a tour of artist Steve Tobin’s studio, I signed up.  He’s in a warehouse in a Quakertown, PA industrial park.  After walking through the inside, and being surrounded by manifestations of Tobin’s creativity on a colossal scale, we went outside into the sunshine and toward the Sketch Pile.  The rust […]


Day Trip to The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms: Lanterns Lit

Lantern at Stickley's Craftsman Farms in Parisppany, NJ

Stratoz and I made our second day trip to Craftsman Farms, museum of furniture great Gustav Stickley, in Parsippany, NJ.  I first discovered Craftsman Farms from an ad in American Bungalow quite a few years ago.  We took our first tour circa 2003, and I was smitten with the tiles, the copper hearths, the textiles […]


15 Second Studio Tour: House Numbers In Progress

Margaret Almon Mosaic Studio. Photo ©Allison Puketza

15 Second Studio Tour of Nutmeg Designs from Nutmeg Designs on Vimeo.


The Elements of Composition and Abstraction in House Numbers

House Number 340 in Red Orange with Blue Accents by Nutmeg Designs

  I spend time immersed in numbers, in their shapes, and how straight and curved connect with each other.  Each house number takes on its own personality, as I wend my way around them.  This 340 reminded me that I also spend this time immersed in color, contrast, line, all elements of composition.  Learning about […]

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