Gardener that I am, I was thinking of all things garden when this design dreamed itself up. What you see is a food functional brass plate with an apple tree and a rose - symbols from the Song of Songs of love and union.
I could see it filled and placed on the table for Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Tu B'Shevat and all joyous occasions that combine food with love and celebration.
A 14" diameter brass plate (easier to come by and considerably more affordable than copper) served as my canvas for this etching. Colorful metallic waxes give it a kind of folk-artsy feel. I did seal the surface with a clear shellac to preserve those colors and then added a removable glass plate that fits into the center section (not seen in the photo), to keep usability pretty simple. The glass can be washed after use and the brass plate can be lightly cleaned with a soft damp cloth.
Hebrew verses around the raised border come from Shir Hashirim and
Shir Hama'alot (126):
“As an Apple amidst the trees of the forest (right); "As a Rose among
thorns”(left); “those who plant in tears" (lower); will harvest in joy” (upper). These sweet references speak to earthiness - of our being both
planters and that which is planted. They speak of envisioning
ourselves as uniquely beloved and they point to the sacred nature of
life that conspires for our happiness, carrying us through trials of
tears and hard work towards wholeness and fulfillment.
your plates be filled to overflowing with a joyous new year and a