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Collaborating with Jill Rosenwald & A Studio Tour

Pencil Shavings Studio tours Jill Rosenwald's Boston studio www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

On the heels of the BHG Stylemaker event in New York week before last, I booked a flight from JFK to Boston because why not knock out two birds with one stone? I’ve been working on a collaboration with the colorful and fun Jill Rosenwald since June when she came to OKC for a trunkshow and she’d mentioned then that it would be valuable to the collab if I came up to Boston to the studio.

And she was absolutely right. I am SO glad that I went the extra step up to Boston. If you love color, this is pretty much home decor heaven.

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Jill and her husband Lawrence McRae share their studio space and it’s where they and their staff do everything, from concepting to the throwing of each and every single piece. And then each piece is hand-painted. It’s a handmade process from beginning to end.

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There are loads of color chips in every possible shade you can imagine. I told Jill that I could stay there all day and create color palettes.

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How great are these vintage Pucci undies? 😉 Pencil Shavings Studio visits Jill Rosenwald at her Boston studio 19

Ichiko, hard at work hand painting and preparing pieces to be fired.  I spy the new Erin Gates Delft collection. Pencil Shavings Studio visits Jill Rosenwald at her Boston studio 20

And there’s the famous wall of color tiles. So so happy.Pencil Shavings Studio visits Jill Rosenwald at her Boston studio wall of paint chips 1 Pencil Shavings Studio visits Jill Rosenwald at her Boston studio 18 Pencil Shavings Studio visits Jill Rosenwald at her Boston studio 2 Pencil Shavings Studio visits Jill Rosenwald at her Boston studio 4 Pencil Shavings Studio visits Jill Rosenwald at her Boston studio 14

This collaboration has been such a learning experience for me. In the world of print and product design (specifically what I do – iPhone cases, notepads, etc.), it’s such a different process. It’s more immediate (dare I say, disposable?) – and this process of designing a really gorgeous collection of ceramics is a lot different. Creatively, this year, I’m on a mission to create things that are more lasting – the kind of items that you want to display forever, hand down to your grandchildren. Things that inspire beauty, inspire creativity, and bring joy to your space.

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Pencil Shavings Studio and Jill Rosenwald collaboration sketches - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

For me, I find my greatest joy in connecting with others and this trip was so inspiring on so many levels. I feel fulfilled in lunches with fellow creative friends like Jill, or walks along a riverfront in a beautiful city like Boston, talking about kids and families and marriage and all the things. These connections are what matter. Sharing, connecting, relating – my cup was so full from this trip.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this studio tour and I can’t wait to show you the final collaboration result. Thank you, Jill, for such a marvelous weekend!

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