Asheville Wedding Guide

Asheville Wedding Guide 2018

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Lacy Little Things " I combine lace—a fragile memory of days gone by—with the stone-like strength of porcelain to create objects that will be cherished for generations to come," says self-described fabric-aholic and Asheville River Arts District ceramicist Michael Hofman of Hofman Studios (828/232-1401, LiveLifeArtfully.com). Here's how it works: Michael rolls out clay like a piecrust, lays lace atop it, and then applies pressure to transfer the delicately detailed patterns into the porcelain. Hard as it may be to believe, because he removes the fabric immediately, the lace remains as clean as it was before the process. For brides, that means he can preserve your favorite wedding gown accents on any number of dishes, serving pieces, or vases with no consequence to the frock itself. The made-to-order pieces— available in an array of colors— are ready in about a month but since Michael stays busy during peak season (mid- May through December), he advises couples reach out at least three months or more before setting up a registry, as those entail designing a set instead of an individual piece. He holds sets for up to a year so that after the Big Day, any unsold pieces may still be gifted to the couple. Couples are offered a 10 percent discount if they purchase the remainder of their collection themselves. Whether you mix the end results with your china, stock your home with a full set, or gift pieces (like catchall bowls) as thank-you's, he promises his creations will live up to everyday life. Porcelain, Michael points out, is the strongest of all clays and as fragile as it may look, it's actually oven-, dishwasher-, and microwave-safe. A dainty yet hardy item that's built for the long haul? Sounds like just the stuff a marriage is built on. —Jessica Isaacs ( C O N T I N U E D F R O M P A G E 1 3 ) 14 THEASHEVILLEWEDDINGGUIDE.COM P H O T O G R A P H B Y J O E B O L A D O CELEBRATE IN STYLE Use your custom porcelain as you would any other fine china— as décor, to set an everyday table, or pull it out to commemorate your anniversary.

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