Central Texan Mary Lee Nyquist was born an artist. During the years she was a business woman and a registered Texas Interior Designer, she still created works of art. Working in oil, watercolor, graphite, and acrylic, she created a variety of pictures that hang in clients's homes today.
Wildflower Meadow Dinnerware
In 2000, she teamed up with her daughter, Teresa, and began creating Wildflower Meadow dinnerware, after discovering that the market offered very little fine china with a wildflower motif. (Bluebonnets were especially hard to find.) Mary created renditions of well-known wildflowers and also lovely, rare blossoms, and accented them with lupine blue butterflies. The flowers and butterflies are laid on dinnerware of fine, Japanese porcelain, either on a fresh and airy white rim or a soft limestone-green rim. A five-piece dinnerware set and a 12" serving plate were produced.
At the same time, she developed another way to share bluebonnet gifts by designing Wildflower Chintz, a sweet pattern of tiny wildflowers, presented on a square, porcelain, hinged box. Mary also produced hand-painted, bespoke boxes.
Both the dinnerware, the square boxes, and the bespoke boxes were sold at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and other Texas stores and were also available online. The dinnerware soon sold out, and then a problem arose for the small business. The Japanese, fine porcelain producer (who was selected because of the excellent quality of their porcelain) of the dinnerware bodies, went out of business, and so the production of the dinnerware ceased. Lily Lee Designs is currently working on procuring another porcelain manufacturer.
New Porcelain Boxes
The Wildflower Meadow and Wildflower Chintz patterns can be enjoyed on two new boxes, one a heart and one a petite round box. Some of the new pieces they've introduced are limited quantities. Please contact by email or phone if you are interested in one that is sold out, and they will look into the possibility of a special order.
Mary has several favorite subjects besides flowers. She enjoys drawing Native Americans from 19th Century and early 20th Century photos, giving her renderings authenticity. Western scenes and horses are other favorites. But this is not the limit to the variety of subjects she creates; sometimes, something just strikes her, and she is compelled to paint or draw.
Wildflower Meadow Bernadotte - our newest design
Spring 2018, we have introduced a beautiful new serving plate / charger. The same flowers seen on our original Wildflower Meadow dinnerware are now gracing the delicate design of Bernadotte pattern dinnerware from the Czech Republic. The quality and loveliness of this porcelain is outstanding. Czechs were some of Texas' early settlers. So this happy marriage of Czech porcelain and Texas artistry is a kind of a Texas tradition and just a beautiful thing!
So, Lily Lee Designs is happy to be back online and bringing new bluebonnet gifts to the market. We will be working to bring you more wildflowers on porcelain and Mary's lovely original paintings, to enjoy and make your very own.