Monday, August 31, 2009

Puff the Magic Garden Gate

"Puff" is our very favorite musical dragon, so we like to keep track of him.
Is he really somewhere in the land of Honalee or have we spotted him in Mill Valley draped on this custom bronze gate panel created by artist Jerry Coe?

We think we're right. Why else would a Tibetan musical note magically appear when the two panels close?

Happily guarding the grounds of a San Francisco church, that rascal "Puff" went poof! once too often and disappeared. Was he searching for Jackie Paper or stolen by his adoring public? No one's draggin' it out of him.

Rescued from a salvage yard, "Puff" now waits patiently for new lands in which to frolic. Yours, perhaps?

$8500. each panel.

Visit "Puff", and Jerry Coe, at illumigarden's September Artwalk, reception, and metalsmithing demonstration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1.

illumigarden • 35 Corte Madera Ave. • Mill Valley • 415.380.1888 •

Friday, August 28, 2009

Some Glaze With That Tile?

Our eyes never glaze over when someone mentions the word "glaze".   After all, it's our favorite doughnut.   Say "dual-glaze" and we're toast.

Not artists at the venerable Heath Ceramics factory, though.  They like their glaze on tiles.   

Up to six different hand-glazed tiles in various patterns install randomly for a custom look. Four color blends: white, grey, paprika and jade.  Yummy. 

The new Dual-Glaze Collection. Two by four inch tiles.  $45 per square foot. In-stock, no waiting. No calories.

Heath Ceramics • 400 Gate Five Rd. •  Sausalito •  415.332.3732 •

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Terzani's new "Sea"-ling Light

Buh-bye boring bulb. Hello, fantasy fixture!

We may not be denizens of the deep yet, but imagine if we were.  This "Reef" fixture, by the Italian firm of Terzani, would tantalize us whether it was suspended in a dim hallway, floated above a sleek surface or espied in an octopus' garden.  "Sea" it for yourself at Lunaria where it made its recent American debut.

Plexiglass and metal.  47.2 inches in diameter.  39.4 inches high. Black, white or gold leaf. About $4,000. 

Lunaria • 1108 Magnolia Avenue • Larkspur • 415.461.0588 •