At the Painted Plate from 1996 to 2013

Grandma Bobbi's plate in The Olympian!

Grandma Bobbi's plate in The Olympian!

 In May of 1996, I painted for the first time at the Painted Plate and July 2012, this time last summer, I began my current position working there. When my mom and dad took my younger sister (only six months old at the time!) and me to make a gift for my grandma Bobbi, I think the experience fueled the love for art and design that means so much to me today. My mom designed a plate for my grandma with all of our handprints and it says “may your plate always be filled with love.” To this day, the plate keeps dozens of framed photos company on a table full of memories at my grandmother’s house in Baltimore, Maryland. Oh yeah, and our plate was totally on the front page of the Lifestyle section of The Olympian!

Last Christmas, I thought it was about time to give my other Grandma a handprint plate too! This time, it featured me and and my 2-year-old niece Ryann's handprints. 

Grandma Barbara's plate!

Grandma Barbara's plate!

Last week I was helping a customer pick up a few tiles that her children made. She explained to me that she's made a tile with each of her children, every year. Her oldest is now 14! We absolutely ADORE hearing these stories and traditions. If you have any photos or stories to share, please e-mail them to me at thepaintedplateolympia@gmail.com Attention Demri!