This is an early morning photo of a new porcelain pediment that was just installed yesterday on our new addition. The piece is carved porcelain, @ 7 ft at the base. Decorative and functional wood trim will be applied to the border shortly. We thought about all types of finishes for the piece such as multi-colored images to Wedgwood figure/ground solutions and settled on simple bas-relief. One nice thing about the piece is how it is very subtle. It is on the second floor, pretty high up. It is integrated nicely with the house without calling too much attention to itself.
The imagery comes from Francine's work: the laundry line, boat, flowers, ceramics, piled rocks and, of course, busy birds.
The piece will look different in every season. I think it will be most dramatic when the sun is lower (winter) and in fall and spring. With the sun being so high in the summer, a lot of shadow falls over the piece from the generous overhang.
We will post other pictures at different times of year to see if this is true. It was enormously fun to do. We will see how it lasts through our weather.