‘Porcelain Plus…’, Part 3: Precious Metals or Gems

Some art porcelain sculptures were given a real dose of ‘glitz’ over and above the rather typical enhancement of accents of 24k gold paint. Three studios also added components made of gold, sterling silver, or precious gems. Sterling Silver: Connoisseur of Malvern and Boehm of Malvern The original Connoisseur of Malvern studio incorporated custom-crafted sterling…

2021 Money Pit Garden Awards

If movies, plays, and television shows can have their annual awards, why not our own gardens? In that vein, I’m inaugurating them here at the Money Pit, starting with this gardening year of 2021. And of course, just like in the awards shows, there is a ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ plant-obituary column for the year…

Living An (Almost) Fragrance-Free Life

Some of you may recall my 2015 post (Scents and Sensitivity) wherein I discussed the flowers that do or don’t trigger my fragrance allergies. It recently occurred to me that it might be helpful to also talk about some of the products that I’ve found to be either ‘safe’ or almost entirely so. You might…

‘Porcelain Plus…’, Part 2: Porcelain + Crystal

The dramatic combination of art porcelain and rock crystal was something that only one studio – Albany Fine China – chose to utilize in any quantity. All of those designs also incorporated bronze as well. Several of the crystal-enhanced sculptures were an ‘upgraded’ version of the same piece’s standard porcelain-and-bronze version, the most interesting being…