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                                                                                                          WWW.PIKEPLACEMARKETNEWS.COM                                                  NOVEMBER, 2005

                                                                                                                                                                        create almond cappuccino, I begin by recycling

with your Thanksgiving ambience                                                                                                                                         espresso coffee grounds from locally owned and
                                                                                                                                                                        operated coffee shops in a process that infuses
                                                                                                                                                                        beeswax with coffee essence.”
only one who knows how to sell to customers              “Customers can place orders here which they             braid design to tridents and vajras (Tibetan
                                                                                                                                                                            The sweet heart twist design, “our most
and how to make bouquets,” Thao said. “She was        pick up the next day,” she said. “We can make              stylized lightening bolts), to winged hearts, the
                                                                                                                                                                        popular, is used at weddings where two flames
11 years old the first time she came to the Market,   fresh, green garlands of any length.”                      candles burn with a golden light that produces a
                                                                                                                                                                        burn the whole outline of the heart, then come
but my other children all work hard, too, including                                                              delicate honey scent.
                                                                                Lighting with                                                                           together again at the base of the heart to symbolize
the baby who is in high school.”                                                                                     “Whatever design, each candle is created by
                                                                                                                                                                        a new union,” she said. “Popular for holidays,
   Since 1980, Bao and Thai Thao have lived in                               beeswax sculptures                  hand because we do not use molds,” said Mannis.
                                                                                                                                                                        we offer the traditional Havdalah and one-piece
the U.S. after leaving war-torn Laos. “It was very       “Golden strands of woven light” is how artists          “The process is to dip, twist, braid or weave, dip
                                                                                                                                                                        Menorah candles, three-tone seasonal tree twist
bad, so we left and lived three years in Thailand     Deena Manis and Talbot Uehlinger, Long Life                again, twist, braid or weave, dip again, and so on
                                                                                                                                                                        and woven, two-tone pine cone shaped candles.”
in a camp, then one year in Salem, Ore., before       Candles, describe intricate sculptures of light they       until complete.”
                                                                                                                                                                            They credit their 19-year-old daughter, Yarrow,
moving to Seattle,” she said. “First, I sewed         design and create by hand from 100 percent local,              Respect for all peoples and the earth influences
                                                                                                                                                                        as the source of their miniature line.
sweatshirts and sweatpants in Redmond before          non-commercial beeswax in their Olympia studio.            where they obtain their supplies.
                                                                                                                                                                            “She’d ask us why we didn’t make smaller
coming to the Market.”                                   “These light-giving sculptures are functional               “We carefully select Northwest region
                                                                                                                                                                        candles and, when we did make smaller ones,
   Thao welcomes special orders.                                         because they’re candles, too,”          beekeepers, mainly in Washington and Oregon,
                                                                                                                                                                        she’d ask for them even smaller,” Manis said.
                                                                         said Deena Manis, Long Life             who treat their bees with respect by using
                                                                                                                                                                            During winter solstice week, Manis and
                                                                         Candles. “Our vision as artists         beeswax, not plastic foundations (honeycomb
                                                                                                                                                                        Uehlinger host a three-day open house in their
                                                                         is to provide a fine art light-         frames), by not feeding their bees sugar water
                                                                                                                                                                        Olympia studio.
                                                                         giving sculpture from 100               and by pollinating ecologically sound crops,” she
                                                                                                                                                                            “We try to accommodate all the holidays,
                                                                         percent beeswax, which is               said.
                                                                                                                                                                        Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanza, and people
                                                                         aesthetic, functional and                   Beeswax, a renewable resource, “produces
                                                                                                                                                                        are welcome to contact us for more information
                                                                         ecologically sound.”                    candles that burn with a golden light, three times
                                                                                                                                                                        and directions,” she said.
                                                                             Their candle designs,               longer than paraffin, without releasing harmful
                                                                                                                                                                            This holiday season, look for Manis and
                                                                         inspired by symbols and                 chemicals into the air – only a subtle honey scent,”
                                                                                                                                                                        Uehlinger at their day stall Mondays, Thursdays,
                                                                         traditions from around the              said Uehlinger. “Each year, we use at least a ton
                                                                                                                                                                        Saturdays and Sundays. Price points range from
                                                                         world, “include, for example,           of beeswax we clean ourselves to grade-A quality
                                                                                                                                                                        $6 to $150.
                                                                         the Tibetan endless knot, a             before we start to work with it.
                                                                                                                                                                            “Our two-and-a-half ounce votives that burn
                                                                         symbol of long life and the                 “We’re all in stewardship with the bees,
                                                                                                                                                                        for 12 to 15 hours in a tight-fitting glass holder
                                                                         Celtic love knot with four              because without bees we wouldn’t have
                                                                                                                                                                        are $6.20 each, while our popular nine-inch DNA
                                                                         hearts as traditional sources           Washington apples or other crops.”
                                                                                                                                                                        coils are $12.50 a pair,” Uehlinger said. “Our
                                                                         that inspire our work,” said                Careful stewardship includes all-cotton wicks,
                                                                                                                                                                        eight-inch-tall by eight-inch-diameter endless
                                                                         Talbot Uehlinger. “Deena and            plant- and mineral-based, non-toxic pigments and
                                                                                                                                                                        knots and Gordian knots, which use six feet of
                                                                         I met as potters working in clay        no lead.
                                                                                                                                                                        cotton wick, range from $25 to $35 and our Tree
                                                                         and we translate clay handling              “Our votive candles are scented only with
                                                                                                                                                                        of Life Menorahs range from $60 to $80.”
                                                                         techniques into beeswax as we           French pure essential oils or natural scents,
                                                                                                                                                                            For gallery work, custom orders or a free, one-
                                                                         weave and twist it into our light       including three new ones I’ve created for the
                                                                                                                                                                        page mail order catalog sheet, telephone Manis
                                                                         sculptures.”                            holiday season: almond cappuccino, star anise
                                                                                                                                                                        and Uehlinger at 360 866-1127 or e-mail
                                                                             From the complex, eight-            and frankincense and myrrh,” Manis said. “To
                                                                                                                                                                        LongLifeCandles@cs.com.




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