Mini Blooms

These mini plates are made of translucent porcelain, and are perfect for sushi, dipping bread in olive oil, or for any small foods. They measure 4.5 inches in diameter and the glazes are food safe. I made little tiny stamps with my designs on them, and then cast the complete pattern in plaster. The patterns are based on a 700 year old tiling system invented during the Timurid era in Central Asia. It describes five specific shapes, within which I have created my own designs. Modern mathematicians have only just recently figured out how to describe these patterns, which are called quasi-crystalline pentagonal tilings. The system allows ten fold symmetry, and there are infinite possibilities available using the five basic shapes. To learn more about the mathematics behind this pattern, check out this article in Saudi Aramco World.

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If you are ordering multiple items, shipping charges increase automatically. Rest assured I will refund all excess shipping charges, you can expect $15-$25 total shipping on multi item orders. You may order an individual piece, or get a set of any four for $50. If you have specific pattern and color combinations you want in a set, indicate that in the box provided. You can use either your credit card or Paypal from the above links. If you need help, or can't use the buttons, e-mail me at .
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