Monday, January 18, 2010

Carved Netsuke - Kates Inro

Carved Netsuke - Kates Inro, originally uploaded by Jill Palumbo.

Kate asked me to carve our names in Japanese on the reverse side of the Netsuke of her inro. I've been considering the design for a couple days now. Kate's name means Olive, and my last name means Dove, so I combined the two ideas by carving an olive branch with a dove. Kate's name Olive オリーブ is at the top, and my name Jill ジル is at the bottom. Kate taught me the steps to carving in polymer clay nearly a year ago.
I am so honored that she asked me to do this. I have to admit that I felt a bit torn trying to add something to her inro, and putting my name on it. It is her work of art afterall, but I did this to honor Kate's request and as a symbol of our friendship.


  1. Jill I love it! It looks great! I love how you did it, it adds so much to it much better than I could have done. Collaborative works are always the best, don't you think? :) hugs

  2. I'm so relieved to see you like the carving, Kate, and yes I love collaborative works. I treasure this marvelous gift - it warms my heart to see it in its place of honor above my desk.

  3. Lovely work from both of you...Jill, I left you a blog award on my blog. :-)


  4. Melissa, thank you so very much for that award. I’m surpised, humbled and happy all at the same time. Your award really lifted my spirits. Thanks again, and, btw, I adore your Didimaa. She has stolen my heart.