Sunday, February 8, 2009
How to say "I love you"
We are thrilled to be selling Paloma's Nest, a design company started by Caroline Colom Vasquez. Caroline was inspired by her mother who was an art historian and museum educator. She has been involved in art and crafting for as long as she can remember. Her mother always kept her enrolled in art classes, brought her to museums around the world and allowed her to turn her bedroom into a studio at the age of 12!
While growing up in historic Mystic, CT, she was taught the importance of appreciating things that were made to last and to treasure items that held their own history and have special meaning. It is from these ideas, she developed a passion for creating special gifts and created Paloma's Nest as a way to create what she calls "Modern Heirlooms" tm.
Caroline is known for her small bowls that are made out of white ceramic and then hand-stamped with phrases such as: "I love you", "I miss you" or "Cherish". All of the ceramic bowls in the collection are completely formed by hand with a technique that she has developed over the years. She does not use a wheel and her alphabet stamps are a vintage collection that her mother gave her many years ago. All of the text work is stamped one tiny letter at a time. This requires much patience and concentration - it connects her to every piece and makes the process quite meditative.
Her wood designs, such as the inspiration block is made out of recycled and reclaimed wood and then hand-cut making each piece different than the last.
She is inspired by symbolism in Early Latino, European, and Mexican art. We love the simple heart symbol called a "milagro" which means miracle in Spanish and found on the "Cherish" bowl and the "Love" bowl.
All of her items are unique and special. They make lovely gifts for Valentine's Day or as a thank you, Mother's Day or get well gift. The collection is well-priced also, ranging from $15-$54.00-perfect.
Each piece is handcrafted in her studio (see picture above) in Austin, Texas that is also powered by wind-energy! We love that.