Kitchen Week: Culled from submitted entries, the week-long series focuses on five artists with extraordinary projects. For the first time ever, each artist and five readers are receiving prizes for their beautiful artworks. Look to the end for today’s sponsor and your chance to win! Our Kitchen Week continues with another old friend of Fauxology, Gina Garner, who paints Italian-Renaissance inspired ceramic pieces. We have profiled her fou our Faux-cus on the Pros series. She created some for her own home as well as doing a few paint finishes and textures…but let’s let Gina tell her story.
We lived in the big city but spent weekends in the country in central Utah, in a small artist community.
After we retired we decided that we liked living in the country. We have visited the Veneto region of Italy many times and especially liked the smaller country villas of that region. Most often those that were designed by 16th century architect Andrea Palladio. We found a beautiful piece of property and built our house right in the middle of a very large Alfalfa Field. Our house, and for only minor details, was finished in 5 months.
We designed the kitchen. We laid floors and installed handpainted ceramic tiles. I painted my kitchen cabinets a celadon green. It actually has 4 layers of glaze applied, each different color adding to the whole.
These hand painted plates are not just for show…they get plenty of use. Having everything handy and ready to use.
The Kohler artist line, Lavabo, serves as a second sink. I also painted the Delft-inspired ceramic wall.
I finished the walls with joint compound into which I added builder’s sand and straw.
Making preserves from fruit grown on our land is a yearly activity.
And in another corner of the kitchen is a table which most often is used as my “corner studio” where I paint my ceramics.
We built our house in this particular spot because a very deep spring feeds this pond year around.
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Hand-painted ceramic tiles, cabinet refinishing and uniquely textured walls — isn’t it wonderful to be able to incorporate your given artistic talents in your own home? Gina’s ceramic works have been featured in museums, magazines such as House Beautiful and she travels the world to be inspired and learn more of her craft. She also teaches classes in her lovely studio. Gina maintains a wonderful blog, Art and Alfalfa, where she chronicles her beautiful country life, her travels and her ceramic artistry. One thing! Gina has advised that she would prefer if you not pin her images and thanks you for honoring her wishes.
For her winning submission for Kitchen Week, Gina will receive a Cabinet Refinishing Kit of her choice from Star Scenic. Would you like to win this prize as well? Scroll right below or click here!
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