Michele Quan is one of the more creative people I know. We first met when she launched the jewelry company Me&Ro with her bestie Robin Renzi back in the early Nineties (Michele is the "me" in that equation). The duo parted amicably several years later, and today she's a sculptor specializing in handmade ceramic art and objects for the home and garden. Central to MQuan creations are hand-sculpted garlands, bells and skulls that represent both our connection and interdependence as well as the transient nature of our time here on earth. Wheel thrown or slip cast in porcelain, stoneware and earthenware, her objets d'art are then painted or finished with delicate, hand drawn images of iconic symbols—the moon, stars, flowers, animals, trees, shells, guns, clouds, endless knots—that further represent her overarching themes. While I can't yet afford one of MQuan's bespoke garlands (which range from 10' to 31' long, boast 36 to 108 individual handmade beads and cost between $2,500 - $18,500), I am the proud owner of a single iridescent Jingle Bell, which tacitly reminds me of what's really important in life and helps put things into perspective every time I see it. And that, my friends, is money well spent.
graphic by K Sarna