Pattern Play

You can have your pottery and eat on it too.

Tessworks, a company that features hand-painted ceramic pottery, specializes in custom work.

Artists Dawn VonFlue and Kim Swaton, co-owners of Tessworks, can match patterns, colors or themes from a swatch of fabric, wallpaper or nearly anything you can provide, including photographs.

From the client’s sample, VonFlue and Swaton, who both studied at Cal State Long Beach, design a sample plate. Upon the customer’s approval, they fill the order in about two weeks.


Custom pieces range from $33 and up, depending on the pieces ordered. In addition to the custom work, Tessworks stocks more than 150 patterns.

Each piece created is not an exact replica; it has individual differences to make it unique.

For those with pets, Tessworks, which has a kiosk in Fashion Island Newport Beach, customizes bowls for dogs and cats. Other specialty pieces are also available at Nordstrom.

For more information, call (714) 721-0721.


Tee Time

Help out your dad with the Golf Caddy from Callaway Golf Sun & Skin Care. The caddy helps to organize course essentials in one place.

The caddy ($48), which has a mesh pocket for tees and a divot tool, clips onto the golf bag for easy access between shots. The caddy has a compartment for gloves, a pencil holder, key clip, sunglasses holder and a large compartment for scorecards, money and other items.

The caddy is available through Callaway and some department stores. For more information, call (800) 695-8000.


The sights and smells of the beach come alive in Banana Republic’s Beach House collection.

The collection, available through Labor Day, features a canvas-wrapped scented candle ($18.50), an extra large bag of potpourri ($19.50) with seashells and flower petals, room spray ($9.50), a set of burn sticks ($12.50) and scented drawer liners ($15).

For more information, call Banana Republic Women in Costa Mesa, (714) 662-1836; Banana Republic Men in Costa Mesa, (714) 957-8223; and Banana Republic in Brea, (714) 256-9395.