Artist Invitational

CAPERS is hosting the 2nd Annual Abstract and Ceramics Invitational on November 8th from 5-8pm. This invitational will feature 8 artists and 8 potters and their work will be available for purchase in-store.

One potter, Marie Turnow, is a nature lover and uses elements and designs from everyday life. “Amid the craziness of our big city culture, nature nurtures and continues to delight the senses. My work reflects the seasons, textures and Northwest beauty that I view right here in West Seattle. Her ceramics are food and dishwasher safe.

Similarly, Nicole Pepper of ModHome Ceramics is also inspired by her surroundings. “I love clay and all the functional and sculptural ways it holds. Clay can bring a connection to the Earth and warmth.” With her BFA from West Washington University, Nicole has been experimenting and finding her way ever since.  “Each piece here has been uniquely hand-crafted, inspired by nature and daily life. My hope is to bring joy into this modern world one piece at a time.

Tracy Madison took her first ceramics class in January of 2016, and she never looked back. Working as an art director and stylist in the photo world, she has been surrounded by inspiration her whole career. Only when she hand-formed her first platter did she realize it was her calling. She created her brand and company, Madisonware in 2016.

Along with ceramicists, the Invitational will feature local artists with abstract paintings and photographs. One of the 8 artists, includes photographer, Todd Kowalski. Todd began photography when he was in high school in the early 70’s. By commuting on bicycle, Todd is able to capture the ever fleeting moments that he comes across; this opens the spectrum to what he is able to photograph.

Another artist that will have their art available is Mary Parkes. Mary is a contemporary realism painter that captures joy in her paintings. Her work is done on clear glazed linen, canvas and regular linen. In her abstract paintings, she uses hints of color to brighten up the natural hues, like this painting titles ‘Swoosh’.

 

Last but not least, Diana Grant paints everything from still life to landscape to abstract. Diana is local, from Kirkland, WA and is most know for her achievements in landscape paintings. Her work is acrylic on canvas and ranges from bright colors to pastels.

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Le’ Jacquard Francais Trunk Show

As the Le’ Jacquard Francais Trunk Show approaches, we want to highlight the quality and durability of these linens to give you the “why” behind choosing this brand.

Le’ Jacquard has been a textile manufacturer since 1888. They are a leader in the high-end table market and have over 2,000 retailers across the world. The fine-combed, long fibers are made of linen and cotton. The weave is criss-crossed throughout, enabling the color to show through on both sides. Le’ Jacquard set out to break traditional norms of white table linens and bring extreme color into the home, that will withstand the test of time.

 

This floral-themed tablecloth is made of 100% cotton and coated in acrylic gloss. Just like the coated placemats and napkins, the acrylic provides an easy-to-clean linen in which you can just wipe down with a damp sponge; no solvent required. This material is waterproof and stain resistant. This is handy for family meals and is designed for frequent use.

 

The Pondicherry Spices tablecloth is 100% linen and perfect for fall! This India-inspired cloth is a beautiful design with three contrasting colors that add a pop of color to the room. Linen that is well-cared for will last for years and years and make for a great addition to any home.

 

The Provence Beige runner is 100% cotton and is inspired by the south where a table can be the balcony, a patio, the grass, etc. This item is perfect for year-round entertaining and can be accented with colored napkins or tableware. A runner softens up your dining table and adds a different dimension to your table setting, while allowing your table’s character to still show through.

 

The trade show will take place on November 3rd from 11-3pm and the entire line will be 20-30% off. Bring in color swatches of your home along with table measurements, and we will pair you with the perfect table cloth and home linens. If you already know what you want, you can head to the store any time between October 13th and November 10th to receive the discounts as well.

 

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6 Ways to Preserve the Life of your Candle!

We all know the basics of candle etiquette: Keep a burning candle within sight, be sure to blow out the candle before leaving and never leave a candle burning on or near anything that can catch fire. But do we know the secret rules to preservation, better aroma and proper placement? This blog will go over all of the do’s and dont’s and everything in between!

The history of candles is said to go way back to ancient Egyptian times where burning candles was a spiritual medium. The purpose was to release negative energy and encourage positivity to flood in. Furthermore, candles have been used for support, symbolism and light.

Here’s need-to-know information on all things candle burning:

1. Good Vibes. Remarkably, the Egyptains weren’t too far off when it comes to positivity in relation to specific candles! Beeswax candles give off almost no smoke an

d they clean the air by releasing negative ions into the air. These ions can bind with toxins to help remove them from the oxygen.

2. No Smoking. Ever wondered how to get rid of the smoke that fills the air after blowing out a candle? The trick: Instead of blowing out the candle, use a pencil to dip the wick into the wax. This strategy prevents the candle from smoking and preserves the life of the wick!

3. Clean Burn. Unrelated to the type of candle, soot is formed when the wick is too long or too short. To prevent soot and get a clean, bright flame, cut your wick to ¼ of an inch between every burn. This also prevents a smoke ring from forming inside of your glass.

4. Even Burn. In order to prevent wax walls from building, be sure to let the candle burn long enough to pool all the way across to make for an even burn. This means that you shouldn’t set out to burn a candle unless you have time to spare, especially on the first lighting!

5. Keeping Clean. To keep the glass or container clean, keep the flame away from moving air including vents, fans, moving people and windows. Moving air leads to black marks and residue on the container.

6. Longer Burn. To ensure that your candle burns for longer, be sure to keep the candle out of direct sunlight. Sunlight makes the candle burn hotter, therefor faster. It can also fade the color of the wax over time. Additionally, keeping your candle away from other burning candles can also help to preserve the life-span. By grouping, the flames of other candles will produce more heat and again, burn quicker.

Now that you are a candle expert, head over to CAPERS to check out our huge selection of candles!

These GreenTree columners are also made of Beeswax and fun for fall.

This soy candle is from Soap and Paper, in the best-selling scent: Roland Pine. This scent consists of Siberian Fig, Pine and Cilantro!

GreenTree Candles are made of all beeswax and have a nice, clean burn!

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