Thursday, April 1, 2010
What a nice way to add to your collection of contemporary Wedgwood items, in yet another new color. Wedgwood has produced a lovely heart ornament in conjunction with MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas at Houston. The ornament was designed by a patient at MDA named Ines who is from Argentina. It's well packed in a Wedgwood box and ours arrived in 8 days after we ordered online and paid by Paypal. It is not jasper of course, it's the smooth porcelain now being made in China by Wedgwood. Same look and feel as the blue heart ornaments sold for fundraisers by the Wedgwood 250th Anniversary Committee. The color is not so easy to describe. We are using the photo from a Wedgwood & Sons website, on our monitor it looks like terra cotta; in the "flesh" it looks like maybe salmon pink; definitely not bubblegum/baby pink and not the Japanese burgundy by Wedgwood. I held mine up to a 1957 piece of terra cotta real jasper and it looks pinker...next to a baby pink stuffed flamingo it looks terra cotta-ishly indescribable!! You'll just have to buy one, donate to a great cause and as an extra perk, learn about a new color! Those of you in Houston, be sure to patronize the Children's Art Project Boutique at Uptown Park; 1121-14 Uptown Park Blvd., Loop 610 West & Post Oak Blvd/713 599 0349. From the package insert it looks like a super place to come up with interesting and different gifts~ Open 10 AM to 6pm Monday thru Saturday. Not only do I love having something new and different in my Wedgwood collection, but a nice remembrance of something bad turned good at the hands of the docs at MDA. Once upon a time when my 33 1/2 year old son was about 2 or 3 we were on a biz trip with his dad in Houston and he became so sick he couldn't even keep down a tablespoon of water. As a young mother I was in a huge PANIC, scared, away from home with this terribly sick child. I took him to the pediatric ER at MDA and even though his illness wasn't diagnosed, they got him well so we could travel home safely. I've never forgotten their efficiency and kindness to me and him when we were so vulnerable. Be sure to click the title of this post to go to the Children's Art Project great website and visit them on Facebook at MDAndersonChildrensArtProject ~ wonderful people providing life-saving services for deserving sick children! And thanks to Will Fitzgerald for his kind words!