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With the rise and cult of Top Chef, more and more people are becoming self-ascribed foodies. Be it a cooking process, or a utensil; beyond the Flemish still life or Warhol soup can, craft and culinary arts are quickly becoming wonderful companions.
Latest Activity: Apr 3, 2013
Ring: 'Coral D', 2010
plastic, textiles, stainless steel, and sugar.
10.5 x 7 x 7.3cm
Brooch: 'Luminous Caverns' 2010
plastic, textiles, stainless steel and sugar
9 x 9.7 x 6cm
Forged, fused and fabricated
“Cubist Futurism from Kitchinart” (one in a set of four)
©1986 Harriete Estel Berman
Each piece designed to represent a different style vs. artistic era.
Metal construction with painted finish and contact paper. Nickel plated blades and lettering.
Plexiglas top, Rubik’s cube pieces.
10" height x 8" width x 8" depth
Copper and brass construction with painted or nickel-plated finish. Operating spark gun seen through the yellow plastic window. Lipstick cartridge in the handle, and six-color eye shadow compartment housed in raygun body. Other details include drill chuck, optional mixing beaters, Wonder Woman electric cord lariat with suction cup plug. Sterling silver letters on back dome reads: mixer, raygun, hot air, and drill.
8.5" body length x 2.5" diameter x 7" height.
Stainless steel, mild steel, brass, color on metal, gold leaf
2Roses in collaboration with Chet Brisco
"5 Blackbirds Bowl"
Dimensions: 5"w x 9"h
This bowl was a collaboration with wood turner Chet Brisco. Chet was unhappy with the rim of the bowl and was going to throw it away. That is a natural challenge for the Corliss' and they added the five blackbirds perched on the rim. The bowl never made it to a gallery and was sold to a major collector from Hawaii off of Chet's kitchen table.
Materials: Olive Wood, Ebony, Nickel
Training Chopsticks: "Eat Like a Bird Too" 2010
Materials: copper, silver, cubic zirconia
Wine Bottle Table:
Dimensions: 25"h x 20"w x 20"d
Materials: cherry, maple, stain
Photo: Dean Powell
Dimensions: Teapot: 4" tall, Cupcakes: 1½" x 1" wide.
Materials: copper, sterling silver, fine silver, 23k gold foil, laboratory grown rubies, acrylic paint
Dimensions: 16" x 8" x 1.5"
Materials: Salt-lick, 23k gold
Dimensions: 6½"h x 5½"w x 2 5/16"d
Materials: copper, foam, sterling silver, steel plastic dip
"M&Matador and FlaM&Menco"
Materials: discarded candy wrappers
Charlotte's sculptural responses to a "Cease & Desist" letter she received from M&M/Mars in 2001. It's taken ten years to fabricate this conceptual answer to their unreasonable claims. To help illustrate the investment of time, each piece of trash on the "M&Matador is hand beaded by her alone...to bead one bag of M&M's takes 2 hours and 20 minutes.....and that's "timed" after she mastered the skill.
sterling silver, chocolate chip cookie
6 x 0.8 x 3.2 cm
"Consumption series: Shakers"
plastic, stainless steel, sterling silver
3.75" x 3" x 3"
Dimensions: 9" long, height 3", width 4.5 "
Dimensions: 3.5" high, 1" wide
Photo: Hap Sakwa
Photo: Richard Matzinger
About the Curator:
Carolyn Tillie obtained her MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from CSULB in 1998. A week later, she started cooking school and was certified "Master Chef" from the Epicurious School in Los Angeles.
As a food-and-wine journalist, Carolyn's culinary writings have been published in Hugh Johnson's World of Fine Wine, Wine Business Monthly, Wines & Vines, and the Napa Register. As an artist, Carolyn's work provides a lighthearted and playful way for the wearer to express epicurean desires in an unexpected and imaginative way. Her passion is to share a love of food and art through the creation of fashionably fun jewelry. Her work is currently being represented by a dozen galleries in five countries.
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