I purchased it a few years ago on a long-overdue girlfriend getaway to Charlotte, NC. A mosaic piece of mine had been juried into a show at Ciel Gallery. My friend and I made the trip up to my home state, and had a great time hob knobbing around shops, galleries, restaurants, and anywhere else we felt inclined to go. One of the galleries we visited was The Wooden Stone in Davidson, NC. If I were to own a gallery, it would be like this one. You walk through the doors and go into sensory overload. In a good way. Every item is so beautiful, and is so thoughtfully placed within this huge retail space. You can spend hours meandering around the stained and polished concrete floors, ogling and wishing for all that is held within the confines of its brick walls. Though it's not encouraged, these objects beckon to be touched: the smoothly sanded wood furniture, nubby hand-woven textiles, earthen pottery with shiny glazes, and hand-blown glass eye candy. There's a kitchen for fresh-brewed coffee or just-out-of-the-oven cookies, a fireplace, and of course the soothing sound of running water from the various sculpted fountains.
The jellyfish sun catcher was made by artist Susan Bradshaw of Carmel, CA. Every time I look at it, this little piece of happy reminds me of my two favorite places--the NC home of my childhood and my current home on the coast. Either way, I love being Home on Tuesday.
Have a great week,