• Recycled China Butcher Charts

    Recycled China Butcher Charts

    Welcome to my fresh new site! Poke around, I hope you like it!

    I wanted to take the opportunity to show you some new work! I have been making jewelry for 9 years now, and my brain needed a little exercise. I was recently asked to participate in a show called Call + Response in which writers and artists are paired to make work in response to food by Blacksauce Kitchen. I haven't recieved my writer's piece yet, but I instantly got the idea to make butcher charts out of recycled china. This likely won't be my work for this show, but it was an idea that I had to get out. Now I really want to find a place to show it. I will be workng on an artist statement/ gallery propsal to get them up somewhere besides my house, I hope. I'm excited to explore more ideas like this. More of my animals can be seen on my site in the Recycled China Art section

  • Custom States and Letters

    I 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. I 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

    It'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

  • Casserole Time!

     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!

  • 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.

  • Calamityware Collaboration!

    "Too many plates have been too boring for too long." says Don Moyer of Calamityware. And, while I have come across some amazing plates in my time, I couldn't help but swoon when a Twitter follower sent me the Calamityware Kickstarter. I instantly backed it, and patiently waited for my new robot plate to I could break it. Since then, I have spoken with Don about taking some broken plates off his hands, so maybe many more robots, flying monkeys and sea monsters ahead! Hope you guys enjoy them as much as I do! You can see much more of Don Moyer's work on his Flickr page here.

    Adding this first robot to the shop now. More to come!

    Also, if you are in Maryland, don't forget that Pile of Craft is fast approaching! This year's how will be held on June 7th at 2640 St. Paul St.

  • Not exactly a Panera Copycat, but good in it's own right, Roasted Tomato and Feta Souffle

    When your pregnant friend challenges you to make a recipe, you do as your told. Especially when bribed with Le Creuset. Happy to have a weekend cooking challenge, I set of to Panera for "research." In my PJs and rain boots, I stole bites of this lovely flaky tomato souffle in the parking lot of Giant whilst writing my ingredient list. Of course, I am looking like a crazy person, so I run into people I know. Of course. So, I get my ingredients and I run home to play.

    I was intimidated to attempt this for some reason, but was surprised at how easy it was. It is not quite as dirty delicious as the Panera version, but I think that is just because there isn't butter involved. So, in my chubby girl mind, I can eat more, right?

    These would make a great brunch option or even room temp lunch packing idea. Enjoy!



    I did 2 versions. One with puff pastry and one using canned Pillsbury crescent dough. Filling is the same, so do whichever you please.

    1 can Pillsbury crescent (or frozen puff pastry)

    1 box cherry or grape tomato

    tablespoon of chopped garlic (I'm a big fan of the squeeze jar)


    Olive Oil

    Dried oregano

    3 eggs

    3 tablespoons of heavy cream

    feta cheese


    Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cut your tomatoes in half, squeeze out most of the juice and seed and toss with with a olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic and oregano. Roast in the oven until you start getting brown bits.

    Grease your muffin tin (I just used Pam.) Open Crescent dough can and kneed the dough together. Roll it out on a floured surface and cut about 4" circles to line the bottoms of the muffin tin.

    Next, beat 3 eggs, cream, salt and pepper, oregano and desired amount of feta into a large plastic or glass bowl. When totally mixed together, microwave for 30 seconds. Stir with a fork and repeat until you get a creamy almost scrambled egg mixture. Almost milkshake consistency.

    Now it is time to assemble. place a few of your roasted tomatoes in each crescent lined tin. Pour egg mixture on top.

    If using the puff pastry and you have extra pastry to fold over, be sure to brush with egg wash so it gets golden and delicious looking.

    Bake until set, and enjoy!



  • Cooking is art.

    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.)


  • Taco Soup

    Taco soup may be my new favorite thing, so I had to share. It is super easy and there are so many ways that you can alter it. It is also pretty healthy, considering that I got the original recipe from a Weight Watchers recipe. Here is what I did...

    • 1 lb. ground turkey or lean beef
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 package of mushrooms
    • 1 (1 oz.) package hidden valley ranch dressing mix
    • 1 (1 oz) package taco seasoning
    • 1-2 cans of your favorite beans (I used black)
    • 1  can whole kernel corns
    • 1 (8 oz) can Rotel tomatoes with chilies
    • 1 jar of good salsa
    • 1 box of chicken or beef stock

    Plus, of course, Cheese, sour cream, chips and cilantro for topping

    Simply brown the meat and onion and add the seasoning packets. Then, add the broth and all other ingredients and simmer until you are ready for dinner. I let mine cook for about an hour and it was perfect. I imagine that making this in the crock pot would be awesome, however, I have sworn off the crock pot. (I hate smelling food all day, then having to eat it.)

    Top with all of your favorite toppers and enjoy! Let me know how you make it. Oh, I bet it'd be great with corn bread too. Next time...