From The Editor
The big news
from the world of plate collecting is that collectible plates
are beginning to become harder to find, especially Sandra
Kuck and Donna Brooks plates.
of the major collectible plate producers have stopped producing
Limited Edition plates, with Reco International and Islandia
being the most recent to close their doors. Because of this,
many plates were taken out of production before they reached
their highest limits and now those plates are extremely
One such plate is “The
Magic of Friendship” from Sandra Kuck’s Winter
Wonderland series. If you have this plate, please protect
it because it is impossible to replace.
The big news at The
® of Tampa Bay
is that we will soon be expanding our lines and offering
even more exciting home decor this coming year than ever
Midway through 2007
we began adding art pieces from a number of well-known fantasy
artists such as Sheila Wolk, Sara Butcher, Meredith Dillman,
and Molly Harrison. We also added to our Authentic Reproductions
line, many of which now come in fused-bronze.
We wish you good health,
happinesss, and prosperity this coming new year.
The Plate Lady
® of Tampa Bay Staff
Meredith Dillman is
best known as a fantasy artist and illustrator. Her awards
include 1st place for “Best Illustration” from
the Minnesota Newspaper Association, Better College Newspaper
Contest in 2001; 2nd place for “Best Editorial Cartoon”
from the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better College
Newspaper Contest in 2002; 1st and 2nd place for “Best
Cartoon” from the Minnesota Newspaper Association,
Better College Newspaper Contest in 2003; and "Best
Genre" for Fairy Queen's Passage at Nimbus
Meredith’s interest in painting began in childhood.
She was most interested in fantasy drawings of medieval
fairies and woodland creatures. Later in life she attended
Minnesota State University where she graduated with a BFA
degree in Illustration. Her graduation project was illustrating
Christina Rossetti's poem Goblin Market.
Her illustrations have
been published in a number of books including Visions
of Atlantis by Ellen Million, Watercolor Fairies
by David Riche, How to Draw and Paint Fairies by
Linda Ravenscroft, Mercury Brightman: The First Sign
by Mary E Gober, Dragon Prince and Fae Born by
Terri Pray, and 500 Fairy Motifs by Myrea Pettit.
has also appeared in several metaphysical magazines and
journals such as In Light Times, Moonshadows
Magazine, Pentacle Magazine, Aquarius:
A Sign of The Times Newspaper, Circle of Stones
Journal, and Artwanted.com Creative Minds.
She has also contributed
illustrations to role playing games such as The Everlasting:
The Magician's Companion and The Everlasting: The
Book of the Fantastical; as well as Collectible Card
games such as Final Twilight.
Most of her art is first
created in watercolor, pen, or copic marker and then is
translated into prints. Her work can be found online at
The Plate Lady
® carries licenced
jewelry / trinket boxes, hand mirrors, and waterglobes designed
by Merredith at http://theplatelady.com/fairyfigurines.htm#36
You can also find more
licenced products designed by Merredith at fantasy, science
fiction and anime conventions across the United States.