Glass dish with maile lei, made on Oahu by Vicki Villaluz
Vicki makes such a lovely assortment of designs, but it’s impossible to show them all because she comes up with new designs all the time! This plate is one of those that we’ve never seen before and may not see again, a lovely maile lei in rich greens with lots of dimension and color. So beautiful!
The technique that Vicki uses involves designing the image directly on the clear glass background with highly colorful powdered and ground glass, called frit. The powdered glass is hard to control, as you can imagine. When it’s fired, it becomes one piece with the clear background, but retains the integrity of the design perfectly. Not a cookie cutter factory process, each one is a hand made, one of a kind, made in Hawaii, functional work of art. Having said that, she is happy to make sets for you, understanding that each will be a little different. She couldn’t make them all the same if she tried, but that wouldn’t be any fun anyway. Her work is such a joy!
Vicki’s hula dancer dishes, sun catcher hangers, plumeria flower dishes, fern dishes, and ornaments are such a treat to share . We’ll add more designs from her online shortly.
From Wikipedia, on maile leis,
Species: A. oliviformis
Alyxia stellata (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) Roem. & Schult.
Gynopogon stellata J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.
Alyxia oliviformis, known as Maile (pronounced MY-lĕ) in Hawaiian, is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, that is native to Hawaii. It grows as either a twining liana, scandent shrub, or small erect shrub, and is one of the few vines that are endemic to the islands. The scientific binomial means “chain resembling olive” in Latin. The leaves are usually ternate, sometimes opposite, and can have both types on the same stem. Flowers are quite inconspicuous and have a sweet and light fragrance of honey. The bark of the vine is most fragrant and exudes a slightly sticky, milky sap when punctured which is characteristic of the Apocynaceae family. The entire a plant contains coumarin, a sweet-smelling compound that is also present in vanilla grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum), woodruff (Galium odoratum) and mullein (Verbascum spp.). Fruit are oval and dark purple when ripe. Maile is a morphologically variable plant and the Hawaiian names reflect this (see Ethnobotany section).
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