Meet the Maker: Rebecca of Cobalt and Curry
Rebecca creates luminous, hand-painted bowls to add fun, beauty and drama to every meal you serve. The vibrant colors and top quality hardwood produces a bowl you will not want to put away! It will become a part of many meals in your home. In between, it serves as a lovely piece of eye-catching art.
Let's start at the beginning. When did you discover you wanted to make artisanal bowls out of wood?
In 2017, I had recently moved back to my home state of Colorado and was ready to finally make an attempt to do creative things full time. Serendipitously, I discovered this small, hand-painted bowl business was for sale, and looked into buying it. My degree was in sculpture, but I’ve always loved color and paint, and it seemed a perfect way for me to make a living doing something that I truly enjoy. Holding the wooden bowls in my hand while I paint is special. It’s a feast for the eye and for the hand.
How did you come up with your name?
The name Cobalt & Curry came from brainstorming with my daughter-in-law. I wanted a name that evoked vibrant color and also yummy food, and that was easy to spell and easy to pronounce. Cobalt came first, (one of my favorite shades of blue), and then Curry (one of my favorite spices) seemed to fit naturally.
How long does each bowl take you to make?
I get asked that question a lot. There are at least thirty steps in the process, most of which require drying time in between. So, basically it takes a week to make a bowl. How many hours of that week are spent on that one bowl, I have never taken the time to figure out.
Have you ever made a piece that you refused to part with?
There have been some beauties for sure, where the wood grain and the color and the finish all come together to make an extra special piece. But having just downsized at home, I am much happier passing those lovelies on to one of my great customers, so I can get busy and create another one. I live to make people happy, and I get excited when they come back and tell me how much they love their bowl.
What is your favorite thing about your workspace?
I have a wonderful studio with good natural light and plenty of space to work. I am also able to have a small area in the front to display the bowls for customers who sometime stop by to see them. I also love that it is within a bike ride of my home.
What characteristic do you admire most in other makers?
Creativity is a special gift from God, sort of an ever-growing tree that continues to branch out and take new directions. I especially admire those who are able to bring to fruition their creations without cutting corners, and who complete quality, lasting work that continues to inspire and delight as it lives.
Meet Rebecca and see her gorgeous bowls at our Holiday Market, Nov. 17 +18! Her creations make for a unique and treasured gift.
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