"Handcrafted clay vase. A series inspired by the color of orange sherbet or cantaloupe and painted with wildflowers. Though ice plant is considered an invasive species, the fuchsia and yellow flowers make a colorful splash on the coast, often bordering the beaches. "
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.