Nella Joseph started painting in 2001 on wine bottles retrieved from the trash bin. A self-taught artist, she purchased books, watched videos and practiced, practiced, practiced.
She began selling her items at the Regional Market in Syracuse on Saturdays. As she started selling the recycled wine bottles, which were now morphed into oil or soap bottles, she began to paint wine glasses and salt & pepper shakers.
Pretty soon she was painting mailboxes, hammers, bowls, and just about anything you could think of. Her father-in-law used to say “don't stand still too long 'cause she'll paint you too”.
Her designs are all hand-painted, and she recommends that her works of art are hand-washed. One of Joseph's classic creations is her Skaneateles wine glass pattern, which features a swirl of blue water, gulls and a bright sun. She has found that new patterns end up being created from the many special orders she receives. Painting on glass is what she enjoys most, though every once in a while she will venture onto something new or different just to give it a try.
Other offerings are peacock feather-decorated items such as wine glasses and salt and pepper shakers, butter dishes and soap pump-bottles with realistic butterfly patterns, and shamrock-decorated items – martini glasses, wine glasses and salt and pepper shakers. Her “black and white check” pattern is also a favorite.
'I just taught myself," she said. "I've always wanted to paint, so I read a lot of books. I continue to learn how to paint in new ways.”
May 7, 5 – 8pm
Photographs from Death Valley NP
Monday – Sunday: 10–5