Though I had studied art history extensively and always found myself drawn to the simpler, more austere paintings and architecture, I found myself falling head over heels in love with Gothic cathedrals the first time I went to France when I was 20. That was a very long time ago, but those buildings and the incredible light that danced through the brilliant Rose Windows high up in the grey walls have stayed with me.
Fast forward a few decades. I am now combining my love of sculpture and my love of all things cookie, making Brown Bag molds, stamps and shortbread pans. All depict images of animals, flowers, butterflies and figures. Some are playful, some sweet, some fancy. Not a single one is pure design. Even the hearts are decorated with images of flowers and birds.
Then a couple of years ago when I was officially designated as a “senior” not only in movie theaters and on airplanes but according to the government, I thought, “Nuts. I am old enough to do whatever I want. I love flowers and animals, and they fill my life, but I love design and symmetry, balance, grace and harmony with no reference to the living world, too”. So I went back in my mind to those beautiful windows I had seen as a young woman. The Rose Window Shortbread Pan is the result.
I love the design not only because of the harmony of the whole uncut round, but also for the elegance of each individual slice. Even sitting at my kitchen table, wearing jeans and a tee shirt, I feel very refined as I nibble a piece of shortbread and drink a cup of afternoon tea.