CRAFTS I dabble in several crafts, but the most rewarding so far have been vegan cooking and hand-painted porcelain. My porcelain tableware is intended to create a magic atmosphere in the home by accompanying fabulous dinners, potlucks, or everyday mindful meals. By browsing the gallery below you can find ideas for gifts and event collaborations. Au Chou FriséAwherangiBlacklight CaféCinemagicGarden PartyIn The Beloved’s Wonderful GameWhispers The Voice of The Sea * Custom Orders – PersonalCustom Orders – Vegan Companies * How to order Concepts I drew the Phoenix Fairy in 2003, shortly before I was introduced to the vegan community in New Zealand. ‘Pene de Măiastră’, meaning “Phoenix feathers” in Romanian, is what I call the entire catalogue of my designs for decorating porcelain. They are inspired by my travels and by art history. The Phoenix reference from Persia was chosen because the technical process involves firing the porcelain in a kiln, so there is a transformation of the colours, through the element of fire, towards a permanent aspect. Likewise, the Phoenix bird was described as dazzlingly beautiful and colourful, and was the symbol of humanity as a whole. The Romanian version of the Phoenix is an androgynous Master of Fairyland who takes heroes across different realms for them to gain the necessary insight (every skill in general is called ‘măiestrie’). In this sense the Phoenix is a psychopomp, a transitional guide. This symbolism inspires me when creating objects that may become unique gifts at an important moment in someone’s life, or when offering therapeutic art workshops. Materials & Equipment My selection is feldspathic porcelain, a mineral variety that contains no animal products, unlike bone china. It can be recognized by a more greyish or bluish tint and a sturdier consistency. Careful research goes into ensuring that the cruelty-free standard is met at all stages of production. Likewise, the non-toxic standard is ensured by the technical process of firing the overglaze painting, using Ferro Sunshine lead-free pigments suitable for tableware. Note: all finished products are suitable for dishwashers, but not for microwave ovens when decorated with gold or other metallic lusters. Porcelain must be cared for according to the manufacturer’s instructions, including (but not limited to) avoiding thermal shocks.