Inspiration comes from unexpected places - take this coffee cup for example.
It was painted by a Jeanne van Etten.
I first saw Jeanne's work in Boston at a shop called La Ruche,
owned by Apple Bartlett, daughter of Sister Parish.
My sister Betsy sold her work in this shop too.
I love to drink my tea and coffee from this cup.
The waves of color, dots and stripes inspired me.
Soon it became a good luck mug - couldn't create without a cup of tea from this cup.
I remember vividly - a two room studio on Charles Street, five floors up, in a pre-civil war building, yes that's right, and a walk-up too, but it had five windows and two fireplaces, the rent was $325 in 1990, can you believe it. We tried to keep it when we moved to Connecticut by subletting it - but we were found out ... so a memory... I still have a few pictures somewhere... I painted boxes and flower pots at that time - (I had a real job too and still do) - you should have seen the place when I was in full production-line mode. I couldn't paint without a mug of tea in this fun Jeanne van Etten cup.
Later I bought more cups. We use them every day.
Cups that lost their handles become receptacles for pencils, pens, scissors etc.
I would see Jeanne at shows around Connecticut and would always buy more coffee cups and other stuff - look at this fun knife holder
My daughter and I loved our annual pilgrimage to Jeanne's studio in
New Preston, Connecticut - we would buy a special cup for Isabel's teacher
and something else for our house.
Thanks for all the inspiration Jeanne
I need more coffee cups!