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How Pieces of the Past Began

by Tina Goolsbygrandmothers-china1.jpg

I remember the special occasions at my grandmother’s table.  The table set so beautifully with her china was the gathering place of my family.  The delicate pastel rose pattern mirrored the sweetness and comfort of these occasions.


As a child, I knew how special and fragile my grandmother’s china was.  As an adult, I realize the same thing about my family.  Through the years, we have all experienced the stress of life and many of our families are broken or scattered; but each of us has a memory or person that we hold dear as a place of refuge. 


Now, as I stand here looking at my grandmother’s china, even though it’s not complete because of brokenness or loss, the memories come flooding back of my family’s heritage.  These precious pieces of the past are my treasure and refuge.


As an artist, I have found the golden thread that can bind together treasured family china in a delicate piece of jewelry.  I call my creations “pieces of the past.”  They capture in a keepsake pendant or bracelet all the things you hold dear as you enjoy your china in a different way; just like God can redeem our own brokenness and repurpose each of us.