Sculptor talks about creating art from recycled items

Sculptor, Phyllis Lambert, will be a guest at the May 31 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Kannapolis, N.C. The festival is FREE for the public to attend.

Here are a few of her thoughts on her work:

“After 34 years as an art teacher, I still have a strong desire to create beauty out of interesting everyday objects. I’ve always been a recycler, coming from my early days of growing up on a rural farm in Lillington, N.C.   For years I had collected decorative china, stoneware plates and vases. Then my husband and I became interested in gardening, as we landscaped our lot in Belmont.”

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“It seemed just right to use my china and stoneware pieces as I began creating sculptures, first for our own gardens, and then for family and friends. Soon this blossomed into Bloomin’ Plates, a real business.”


“I enjoy all aspects of the process of making each unique sculpture, beginning, with the search through thrift shops to find interesting plates, vases, teapots, and teacups. The next step takes the most time, as I visualize a sculpture and sort through my collection of ceramic pieces to find the pieces that complement each other. Then I start drilling holes and smashing metal, creating the garden sculpture. Last, but not least, is the socializing. I meet some incredible people, while marketing and selling my creations.”

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“My business is constantly morphing and changing, as new ideas come to me. I began with abstract flower sculptures, and I soon added bird feeders/feeders. Teapot and cup combinations came next. After finding some very whimsical figurines, I started making towers. I’ve discovered the beauty of mixing glass with metal and now make many of my sculptures with these two combinations. The latest addition is a hillbilly bird feeder, inspired by booking a festival in the mountains.”

For more information visit her Face book page: Bloomin’ Plates or email at

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