My stash of unstitched canvases is rather embarrassing too, as I can't resist a really great one. As I've said before, Inge (of Creative Needle) and I seem to work in parallels when neither of us is aware of what the other is doing. About the same time I became interested in the Spanish and Mexican Talavera. Inge had discovered the Iznik ceramics. My friend Marilyn had also brought me back from Istanbul a book on the tiles of the Mosque of the Rustem Pasha, which was built at the height of the Ottoman Empire. I have studied the Oriental porcelains thoroughly - and was amazed to find that the origin of the Iznik was an attempt to imitate the fine white clay of the Chinese, but lacking the kaolin, made do with a low fire body and tin oxide glaze. The earliest ceramics were blue and white, like the Chinese - and this traveled across Europe to Spain with the Muslims, who were superb potters. They setlled in Reina de la Talavera, and developed a distinct style - which then traveled to Mexico in the early 16th century. The Chinese influence in design and the blue and white coloration were still there, but in Mexico, (Puebla de los Angeles) the polychrome was added. Gorgeous stuff - and fascinating to study.
Anyway, Inge and I agreed that she would develop the Iznik designs, and I would do the Mexican Talavera in needlepoint - I really really love these colors, so begged this one from her. These are more plate pictures I have found!. The tiles of the Rustem Pasha Mosque have the beautiful Persian turquoise elements, as these were used by that time. Finding this canvas has caused me to realize that I need to practice some BALANCE in my stitching - I have not made time to really enjoy needlepoint and relax, due to being caught up with deadlines and stitching models, etc. that have to be done. Also, in my design work - the balance has been absent for quite a while. I used to enjoy the creation of a rather elaborate canvas with an interesting origin - as the antique ceramics I enjoy so much, and lately the American Pueblo pottery. In the past, I was rather "well-rounded" in this respect. Lately, I'm a bit lopsided. Must work on it!!