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Dorothy with Water/ShuiDorothy with Water/Shui

While exploring ideas for a sculpture commission in a garden in Aspen, CO, sculptor Pattie Porter Firestone created a series of bronze Chinese characters for the client to choose one. When Firestone learned that 3D printers could make these same pieces with their moving parts at a very reasonable price, she turned those sculptures into interlocking 3D, brightly colored plastic earrings.

These unique sculptural interpretations of the most basic and popular Chinese characters give life to Chinese words for Americans. Firestone has 10 designs of words each with movement, made in light-weight plastic in 9 different dynamic colors and affordable for everyone to enjoy.

Susan with Wood/MuSusan with

Wood/Mu

The most popular characters are the WIND/Feng and WATER/Shui. The earrings come in pairs of the same characters in a package. You can mix & match the colors and the pictogram's to say Feng Shui, the famous Chinese study of the flow of energy.

The next most popular words are the five Chinese elements:  EARTH/Tu, WATER/Shui, WOOD/Mu, FIRE/Huo, and METAL/Jin.


Patty Firestone

Pattie Firestone Bio

Pattie Porter Firestone is a noted sculptor in Washington, DC and California. She works in metal, wood and ceramics. She makes table sized sculptures as well as larger garden sculptures. She made a series of bronze Chinese characters in various sizes for indoors and outdoors before she decided to translate them into earrings. She is enthralled with the beauty, expressiveness and the meaning of the brush stroke Chinese characters and even studied Chinese brush painting.

Firestone grew up in Atlanta, GA, went to Mount Holyoke College and later studied at the New York Studio School in Paris, Otis/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO. She has sculptures in the collections of Amazon.com, Herndon, VA, Art in the Italian Embassy in Rome, Lobby of Cathedral Commons Apartments, NW/DC, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA, The Aspen Institute, Aspen, CO and in many individual collections around the country.

For more about her sculpture see www.PattiePorterFirestone.com