Custom States and Letters

DSC_0879I have been busily making new work after enduring an extra long (snow days) winter. I was really excited to get back to production and make things other than jewelry for a change. It started with my China Letter series where I cut each letter of the alphabet out of recycled china and photographed them on a different plate. The response was so awesome that I made a poster of them which can be found here. Next, I challenged myself to make a china cut out of the state of Maryland. Why must I live in the most complicated state (besides maybe Hawaii) to cut? I’m really happy with them. I’m hoping to eventually make every state, including Hawaii.

I’m currently taking custom orders for letters and states. DSC_0925I am open to making any old thing you’d like made from china, just send me an email to juliet @

I’m still plugging away at the jewelry too. There’s just so many plates to be broken.





As Seen on TV

QuestloveIt’s not a big secret that my love of 90’s hip hop is strong. Nothing brings you back to Skateland like a little Jodeci, amiright? I’m also a fan of The Roots (who isn’t?) so when I saw a segment on CBS Sunday Morning called The Roots of Questlove’s success that mentioned his bow tie collection, I knew what I had to do. I needed to craft a broken plate bow tie and send it to him. I have a friend who works in wardrobe at the Tonight Show, and I told her the plan. She mentioned that he gets a ton of bow ties in the mail. She could make sure it got to him, but couldn’t promise that he would wear it. In October I sent it. Then, on January 7th, it happened! He wore my tie! The Roots were in all black, spiffy from a luncheon for Keep on Keepin on. So, I like to think that Quincy Jones also enjoyed my tie.

I get asked a lot how I get people to wear stuff on TV. And the truth is that I just send folks I admire something that I think they will like and hope that I catch it on TV. Can’t hurt to try, right? It doesn’t translate into money or anything, but it makes me incredibly happy when folks like things enough to sport them on air. Just bragging rights and a fun challenge, really. The first one I sent was Rachael Ray in 2008, you can read about that here.

I may not get rich, but I get to say that Mario Batali wore my jibbitz whilst cooking with Ina Garten! And Mario Armstong chatted up Erica Hill about my cuff links on Today. And Jen Francioti wears her Raven necklace for good luck. And QUESTLOVE WORE MY TIE!

So, go ahead artists, give it a go! Let’s get more handmade stuff out there into the world. Who can I broken Plate bomb next?? Hmmm

mario batali

Casserole Time!

casserole I think that the retail storm of December is finally over for me, last day to ship for Christmas deliver is 12/20. I can’t thank all of my customers enough for helping support a tiny little strange business like mine. Your trust in me to break your precious family heirlooms and make them into gifts is about the greatest thing ever. Thank you, thank you!

Now that the season is over, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can pay it forward, so I am planning on spending some time making casseroles for My Sister’s Place. My Sister’s Place is a Women’s Center provides 3 meals a day and access to services such as case management, education, and job training to women in Baltimore City. This awesome place feeds 80-100 people breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day. You can imagine that requires a ton of volunteer help.

You can help to! All you need to do is make a casserole or two and freeze it to deliver to the center. I would be happy to deliver it for you also, just shoot me an email juliet (at) ibreakplates (dot) com. I am planning on making my first drop off on 12/22 or so.

Wheb you are making a bad ass Pinterest recipe for your family, just go ahead and make 2 so you can put one away in the freezer. Never underestimate the power of a good casserole, y’all. 

Thanks again for an awesome year!


InstagemaviSo, It’s no secret that I am that asshole that posts photos of her dinner on Instagram. Guess what? People actually like it and get pissy if I don’t for a while. So, take that haters. Point is, I love me some Instagram. And I love making jewelry so I finally took the leap and married the two to make custom photo jewelry with Instagem. This is only in it’s infancy. I have  a lot of square shaped product planned (the belt buckle is so cool!) so that you can really capture the full essence of your instagram image. I can work from any digital image, so flickr, FB, email is all game. I hope you guys find this fun, because I sure do. I can not WAIT until someone requests a photo of their diner on a necklace. It will happen, trust me.

Website is here

FB is here 

Broccoli and pea pesto hummus

Look. When Triscuit (your favorite cracker maker in the world) and Martha Stewart (your favorite felon in the world) asks you for a recipe, you just write the damn thing. See, a week or so ago, I got an email from Martha Stewart. She wanted me (and, well, everyone on her mailing list) to create recipes with specific ingredients to pair with Triscuit crackers. Of course I had to do it. The first secret ingredient was mixed berries. PASS! Here’s a fun fact about me, I hate cooked fruit. The thought of cherry pie makes me cringe. So, when I saw peas involved in the Trisuit Summer Snack off, I was all in. I posted the photo to Instagram, and Triscuit actually asked for the recipe, oo, here you go, Triscuit, this is for you.

1 cup frozen peas (plus a few for garnish)

1 cup frozen broccoli

A couple stems of fresh basil

2 cloves of garlic


A generous dash of Parmesan cheese

Olive oil (just a few tablespoons)

1 can of chick peas

Toss everything in a food processor until creamy, top crackers and add garnish. Easy peasy.

I used the leftovers to make vegetarian wraps with spinach and tomatoes later in the day.

If you’re interested in the Triscuit Summer Snackoff contest, you can find more information here.

Broccoli and pea pesto hummus on Triscuit cracker.

I miss Breaking Bad. It’s been more than a week, and I am still thinking about it. There has rarely been a show that I will actually watch live (instead, I prefer sleeping and DVRing.) I’m happy it ended when it did. I want to remember it as awesome as it was, instead of having it completely disappoint me like Dexter. A lumberjack? Really?

Anyway, I re-watched season 1, episode 1, and damn, the dialog is so great. When I heard Jesse defending his Meth recipe to Mr. White, I knew I needed this quote for my kitchen. “Cooking is art. And the shit I cook is the bomb so don’t be telling me.” I searched all over the web, and on Etsy, but the damn quote didn’t exist on anything so I had to make it happen. I had this fabric made because I am planning a line of toss pillows (get it, tossing plates? how ironic.)  Anyway, I used one of my fabric plates to try my hand at embroidery. Look. I am a plate breaker, not an embroiderer, so please forgive my stitch, but I am pretty proud of the outcome.

So proud (and mildly addicted) that I instantly had to make another one. This time with a favorite Julia Child quote “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” The woman was brilliant and full of so many great quotes, I’m sure there will be more. And, seriously, how cute is the damn carrot?

Just wanted to check in and show you some things I’ve been working on. Will be adding new ornaments to the shop soon. Also, just updated my holiday craft show schedule for this year. Will be making an appearance in Pittsburgh for Handmade Arcade and Baltimore for Holiday Heap. Hope to see you there! Will have lots of new work.

If you have a custom order to get to me, I’d love to start it as soon as possible.

Why China Knuckles?

Why China Knuckles? Why the hell not.

China Knuckles were first created as a joke. I thought the irony of a weapon made of china would give people a laugh. Little did I know that my sense of humor would be shared by so many. The first batch sold so quickly, that I decided to get actual brass knuckles cast in porcelain, decorated with pretty floral motifs. Thanks to the work of The Maryland China Company, my little joke is now a reality.

I get one of two reactions to the China Knuckles. Either “OMG! That is awesome!” or “I don’t get it.” Let me assure you that there is really nothing to get. They are not some sort of political statement about feminism or violence against women, as some have inferred.  China Knuckles are just meant as an ironic art piece that also functions as conversation starting jewelry. They are obviously not mean for fighting. We have enough common sense to know this much, right? I hope. Of course, when worn, they do sort of act as a warning device, letting people know that the wearer perhaps shouldn’t be messed with.

I do want to make sure the China Knuckles do some good. I was recently really touched when a woman bought a pair for a friend who was fighting cancer, as a symbolic weapon of her fight. She wore them to chemotherapy. Because of them, I want every pair to help in the fight against cancer by donating 10% of all retail sales will go to The Cancer Research Institute.

The new cast China Knuckles are now available in their own shop and in my Etsy shop. (They also can be made into a bad ass necklace.)


Beer Macaroni and Cheese

1 box pasta (I am partial to bow ties)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
8 ounces milk (I used 4ozmilk and 4oz chicken stock)
8 ounces beer (I’ve used Magic Hat #9 and Yuengling)
8 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese (or be lazy and use a bag, whatever)
½ cup Parmesan

pinch of black pepper and salt

Scallion and or chopped parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare water for pasta and boil according to directions, cutting 1-2 minutes off of cooking time since pasta will continue to cook in the oven.

Heat a saucepan over medium high heat and add butter. Once melted and sizzling, whisk in flour to create a roux and cook until bubbly and golden in color, about 2 minutes. Add milk and beer into saucepan whisking constantly, then add  cheeses and stir until melted. Turn heat down to medium and continue to stir, cooking for 5-6 minutes while mixture thickens.  Add chopped scallions to sauce.

Add cooked and drained pasta to a casserole dish and pour cheese over top, mixing gently to combine. Top with a sprinkle of cheese. (I do not believe in bread crumbs) Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden on top.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Inhale. With beer.