Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Instant Heirloom: Calee of Chimes Design

I met Calee a few weeks ago at a local craft event and totally loved the style of her work. She's a graphic designer who seems to make almost everything in her spare time, though I'm particularly smitten with her dishware. She uses painting to transform vintage pieces of Fiestaware and Pyrex. There is so much vintage dishware out there—I went to an antique mall here and was amazed at the stacks and stacks of Fiestaware—and Calee seems to have a way with turning it into something completely new.

I pulled this image off of Calee's flickr page because I love the colors, and that the so wisely restrained the pattern on the plate to just one side. I think it has more of an impact this way and I can imagine, if this was my mug, that it would quickly take the place of my current morning coffee mug.

As you can see, this is one of the many pieces of Fiestaware that she's madeover. I'm actually surprised at how much I like this, given how much I like the dishware on it's own. But there's something about the style of her designs that I think works particularly well.

This set is vintage Pyrex that now has sweet little birds on it. The edge is lime green and it's a bargain at $10!
Calee is also a newish quilter, but her first finished one is so, so pretty. You can see it here.

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