O. Fork

O. Fork. Can you believe it’s November already?!
I started making forks, spoons, and knives out of wire dipped in a vat of over beaten flax or abaca several years ago. After they dried and were coated with encaustic, they look aged, yet alive, like an old relic. 
After my grandmother passed, I inherited her set of sterling silver cutlery. This got me thinking about what we do and what – to do with things that may be of value, but not necessarily something we asked for (sterling silver, those old books, cancer, you get the idea) that comes into our lives one way or another.
10 Cups of Tea
Wire, pulp, encaustic, collage
19″ x 3″ x 3″

The tea bags were from the daily cups of tea I make my husband every morning. Our ritual.  Honoring the present, and another way of marking time
However, just as I was getting ready to deliver the piece to Willow on State for my current exhibition, I added the finishing touches. The small pages between the prongs and the O. on the tea bag tag.
Now,  it’s complete.
10 Cups of Tea (detail)

10 Cups of Tea (detail)

Originally, I titled the piece 10 Cups of Tea, now I am thinking I like O. Fork.

Which title do you think fits this piece best?


  1. Karen F. Rose
    November 4, 2011

    Not sure why but I like ten cups of tea and you have me thinking of those things that come into our lives of value. Some things we are unprepared for. Seems like we are in a stage in our lives when that happen more frequently …heavy sigh.

  2. Nanci Hersh
    November 6, 2011

    Thanks for your comment Karen, I agree. I am sticking with my original title, actually in the beginning it was 8 or 9 Cups of Tea… it evolved! As does everything else.


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