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{Currently, I use ceramics as my material in my method of expression, incorporating various decorative styles, patterns, and symbolic forms as my principal axis in creating my works.  The decorative styles and forms I allude to and incorporate in my works each contain a story based on historical backgrounds and ideas, myths, and allegories. Their existence in the present age makes us feel many things,; adoration, some sort of romantic emotions, a sense of unfruitfulness and languor from their excessiveness and vulgarity.And on the other hand, they make us feel tranquility and awe that can almost be described as religious, as well as an image as an object of worship.By citing such images, I feel I am able to express an - atmosphere- that is a part of the complex world in this age.In fact, the several decorative styles and forms I cite simultaneously hold divine and vulgar meaning in the present age, having an irrational quality that contradict each other, which I feel express an important aspect in the contemporary age in which we live.Also, the technique of ceramics has a tradition that has been a part of the history of decoration over a long time, and I feel the delicateness and fragile tension of the substantial material well express my concept.  -Katsuyo Aoki}


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we like...Atlas Pepper Mills

we like...Atlas Pepper Mills
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Fireworks from the Ponte Vecchio

Fireworks from the Ponte Vecchio
Giovanni Signorini (Firenze)

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{Cast iron deer plaque used as wall hook} 9.5"x8.5"x3.5" - $29.

Might I suggest?...

Might I suggest?...
Caprese salad is traditionally made with fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese –burrata cheese takes it to a whole new level...

Essential Oils ~ Gifts of Nature

Essential Oils ~ Gifts of Nature
There is something at once familiar and mysterious...

Appennino by Giambologna

Appennino by Giambologna
Between 1568 and 1586 Bernardo Buontalenti built a great palace at Pratolino...

John Saladino Feature

John Saladino Feature
"Every home should be a sanctuary...

Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box
...you'll be greeted by a peaceful storehouse of colors and textures —Feng Shui Heaven!

The grays have it!

The grays have it!
I've long embraced grays because they are so prevalent in the ancient stone villas...

linen & lavender -origin of a name

linen & lavender -origin of a name
To have a hand in the creation of a peaceful, soulful environment that uplifts, nurtures and inspires...

The Heart of the Home

The Heart of the Home
In art and design, we refer to negative and positive space...

Dream Weavers - Rumi

Dream Weavers - Rumi
I found my dreams but the moon took me away...

The Heart Expansion Experiment

Wind and Water

Wind and Water
A balanced living environment generates well-being and a balanced life...

"It's a mystery."

"It's a mystery."
Even when all indicators seem in opposition to what I want...

Rose Tarlow, The Private House

Rose Tarlow, The Private House
...interspersed with enchanting memories of her childhood home "Windrift" and inspiration garnered from the green fields of Ireland to antiquing jaunts in the heart of Paris.

Nesting Instinct

Nesting Instinct
...I opened up a bottle of wine and with the centuries-old stone walls glowing in the candle light, I set to work creating my first pasta dish of the trip. (Recipe following.)