Phoenix Feathers Go to gallery | How to order My porcelain tableware is intended to create a magic atmosphere in the home by accompanying fabulous dinners, potlucks, or everyday mindful meals. VERSIUNEA ÎN LIMBA ROMÂNĂ Concepts The Fairy or La Péri in French embodies the playful spirit I seek to infuse into my crafts, including vegan interpretations of Persian-Asian cuisine. I drew the Fairy in 2003 – shortly before my first brush with the vegan community in New Zealand. I like to create lots of different decorative objects that bring joy to everyday life. 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 porcelain must be fired in a kiln for the colours to be permanently set, so there is a transformation through the element of fire which stabilizes a permanent aspect (the soul). Likewise, the Phoenix bird is described as intensely beautiful, dressed in dazzling colours, and was the symbol of humanity as a whole. The Romanian version of the Phoenix is a Master of Fairyland, depicted as androgynous, who flies heroes across different realms for them to gain the necessary insight (every skill in general is called măiestrie). In this sense the Măiastră is a psychopomp, a transitional guide – this role could be linked to giving someone a unique gift at an important moment in their life. Also because I am sometimes involved in therapeutic art workshops, a Phoenix may represent the participants’ own hopes for healing and new beginnings. Materials & Equipment The porcelain used at Pene de Măiastră is a mineral variety that contains no animal products, unlike some traditional porcelain (bone china) unfortunately does. A lot of 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. I use lead-free pigments suitable for tableware. The finished products are suitable for dishwashers, but not for microwave ovens if painted with gold or other metallic lusters.