I've lived in the little town of Los Osos on the Central Coast of California since I was a little girl. All my life, I've lived in a little valley with a backdrop of stark, dry hills, rocks, and drought-tolerant trees. For a brief few weeks in the spring everything turns green with the rain and the wildflowers bloom everywhere. So many California Poppies, mustard, and other flowers grow all at once that entire hills are transformed from dry grass to solid, intense masses of color.
The California Wildflowers Collection is meant to represent my favorite parts of this beautiful coast where I live. The sandy clay with the little brown flecks is almost the exact color of the sandy soil of Los Osos. The green blades of grass spring up in contrast, carved into the clay as if they grew there. Poppies, lupine, scarlet flax, and fennel all crowd the surface of the pottery with glorious color that you can enjoy year-round rather than just for a few weeks in the spring.
The clay on this collection is left bare and has a slight rough earthiness to it, like the surface of a stone. This forms a pleasant contrast to the bright color and high gloss of the glaze on the flowers and the grass.