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Golden Holiday Baubles from Miranda Thomas
Each holiday season, renowned Vermont master potter Miranda Thomas sets to work creating a limited run of hand painted holiday ornaments. Working in her hilltop studio and in her pottery workshops tucked along the Ottaquechee River near Woodstock, Vermont, Thomas hand paints with 24k gold, mini porcelain masterpieces destined to become family heirlooms.
She also offers mini 4” vases hand thrown in white stoneware, dipped in Aldermaston glaze and adorned in gold by Thomas with whimsical foliage and animals. Thomas’s designs draw from the English countryside, and are influenced by the symbolism and patterns found in ancient Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Aboriginal designs.
Although Thomas is now based in Vermont, she was born in New York and raised in Italy, Australia, and England. She was introduced to pottery at the age of 16, and has apprenticed with some of the world’s most notable potters, including Michael Cardew and Alan Caiger-Smith. Thomas’s pottery is featured in many important collections including those of celebrities and dignitaries. She has designed diplomatic gifts for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, UN Secretary Generals Ban Ki Moon and Kofi Annan, and the Clinton Administration, including former President Bill Clinton’s gift to Pope John Paul II, as well as pieces for The United Nations Association, The Loomba Trust, and London’s Ritz Hotel.
Miranda is married to furniture maker Charles Shackleton, with whom she owns ShackletonThomas. Together, they share a passion for creating high-quality, beautiful, yet functional objects and for using handmade techniques to instill their pieces with life. www.shackletonthomas.com