"Handcrafted clay bud case. Native Americans and early pioneers used the dried Ceanothus leaves as an herbal tea. California Miwok Indians used the branches for weaving baskets. Beginning in January, the California mountain range is dotted with its white blooms. "
Santa Barbara, CA-based Rebekah Miles explored ceramics in an effort to make her painting functional and sculptural. Using rough and smooth surfaces, she decorates many of her pieces with renderings of flowers (banksias, ceanothuses) that go beyond the obvious. Others are inspired by international product labels with pre-digital graphics. “I love putting my personal touch on the age-old artisanal craft of shaping basic forms from slabs, molds, and templates,” she says.