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wren cheese board

by Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd
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The Drawing Board

Birds of a feather snack together! Handmade by Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd, this solid maple serving board features laser-engraved reproductions of the artist's hand-drawn illustrations of two, twittering wrens. Jim and Sandra draw inspiration from many diverse sources, including cross-cultural folk art, flora and fauna, vintage children's storybooks, and quirky old tools. With their work, they aspire to bridge the gap between craft and contemporary design by applying traditional decorative motifs in new and unexpected contexts.

In this functional artwork the couple's sharp, mid-century, aviary illustrations enliven this food-fit surface. Blonde, delicately-grained maple is soft enough not to dull knives but lovely enough to go straight from the kitchen to the dining room table. Since maple possesses naturally anti-bacterial properties, it's easy to take care of; simply hand wash, wipe dry, and rub with mineral oil occasionally to bring out the wood's natural beauty and to promote many years of enjoyment. Handmade in Colorado.

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maple wood
14.75" L x 8" W x 0.63" H
Hand wash with mild soap and damp cloth. Occasionally re-oil with mineral oil.
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Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd

Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd

At their small studio, artists Jim Dowd and Sandra Bonazoli combine traditional techniques and old-world skills with modern style. Jim and Sandra are inspired by the folk art of many cultures, plants and animals, vintage children's story books, and quirky old tools. Their intention is to bridge the gap between craft and contemporary design by using elements of decoration, craft, and technology, and employing them in new and unexpected contexts.

Jim and Sandra both hold Masters in Fine Art degrees, and their collaborative work has been shown at the American Craft Museum in New York City, and featured in numerous publications. They live in a little Rhode Island town in a cottage. collection

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