For the bride who wants to inject some global flair into her home soirees, Jacqueline Cambata's newly launched lines of porcelain dinnerware can be just such a hostess' dream.
Now stationed in Vienna, Va., artist and designer Cambata's porcelain inspirations came from a piece of Mughal artwork that hung on her parents' bedroom wall — and years of research since then. "I have had it in my heart my whole life," Cambata says of her porcelain, adding, "I wanted to find an expression for the Mughal art that had not been done before, and I love tableware and the creation of something that brings people together in a very nurturing environment."
To help her fulfill this vision, Cambata turned to Mary Garner-Mitchell, an Ashland-based illustrator and designer, who rendered Cambata's ideas into the colorful Shangri-La pattern and the Elephant Shantih pattern, accented with gold elephants and shades of blue. The patterns are designed electronically in Ashland, and the porcelain is manufactured in Limoges, France. Both patterns are available for purchase online at gearys.com and also can be viewed at cambatadesigns.com.
Cambata reminds brides that a portion of the proceeds support microfinance programs in India, providing jobs for poverty-level women in villages.