The Earth Alters Crew never ceases to surprise me. Their work is prolific! They spend hours, days, weeks in their studio covered in clay to share some truly inspirational work. Tom and Jasper are perfectly balanced between the Yin and Yang working together to create the kind of work you are happy to use everyday. Tea has always had a strong connection to Ye Ming Zhu; so when I discovered this dynamic duos work with Teaware, possibilities were endless. We started collaborating by creating cups that glow like the galaxy, and now have unlocked a plethora of new ideas! Here is just a taste of what is to come from the Earth Alters Crew.
Have you ever meet someone where when you saw their art you didn’t really know what to say? It’s kind of like being speechless, but you end up saying something anyway that can’t come close to expressing your appreciation of their artistry. During Mystic Garden Festival in July 2012, it happened to me. I was sharing Ye Ming Zhu with several people, and when I looked up to find myself transfixed by a box full of Taylor Cornejo’s galactic jewelry. I knew immediately we were meant to combine skills and create Ye Ming Zhu Jewelry to light up some lives.
Now we’ve collaborated for several years, and I’m glad to share the work of Taylor Cornejo’s Jewelry with you. Several of our collaborations are still available online.
After the last several years of getting to know Steven Odell, I must say, Steven is a very unique character! He is known for creating tea experiences, crystal wands, and art which vaguely resembles something created by an elf who decided to take up taxidermy. One day he shared with me the secret to shaping his wands. It was a senior center doubling as a lapidary center for a few hours on the weekend. This opened the doors of possibility, to the world of cutting and shaping Ye Ming Zhu.
When Steven approached me with the idea of making glowing wands, without hesitation I did everything I could to help bring that dream to life! Now, after several years of creations and experimentation, we have some amazing collaborations to share with you.