In rural northwestern Connecticut, Shaari Horowitz and Alistair Jones make the 150 foot commute from the house to their 19th century barn which serves as workshop and studio. Here, under the watchful eyes and crtical supervision of their shop cats, they carve new wood bowls and revive older bowls, adorning them with layers of hand-painted original design and patinated gilding.
Guided by an old world color palette, the patterns and imagery they use stem from classical sources such as medieval tapestries, ancient textiles, and the Frescoes of Pompeii.
The couple bring backgrounds of traditional furniture-making and mural painting to this collaboration. Shaari is a graduate of Pratt Institute, and has worked across the country as a mural painter, specializing in the style of trompe l'oeil for over three decades (no!...yes). Alistair is a master furnituremaker, born in England and apprenticed in the English tradition. Among the varied paths taken during his long career working with wood, he has crafted custom yacht interiors, and designed and built custom furniture in a wide range of styles and periods. His current passion is making traditional long bows.
Now Shaari and Alistair take pleasure in working together to create functional and decorative works of art on a more intimate scale.