A Conversation with Pollen Arts


A Conversation with Pollen Arts

We asked Peter and Juwels, the husband-and-wife duo of Pollen Arts, to tell us about the magic behind their candles and their 1975 Winnebago home.

terrain: Tell us more about yourselves and how Pollen Arts was born.

p&j:  Aloha! We’re Peter & Juwels - husband and wife, creative partners, and most of all, best friends. About three years ago, Juwels and I left our fancy top-story loft, sold off the bulk of our things, and moved into a 1975 Winnebago Chieftain. Pollen Arts was born in this Winnie - she’s the love child of our revolution of the now.

terrain: How did you stumble upon candle-making?

p: If I remember right, it was back in November on the day we found our message in a bottle … or rather, the bottle itself was the message…

One Sunday morning, at the end of a pleasant bike ride, Juwels and I were hopscotching from stone to stone across a local tide pool. I was hollering over to Juwels about the pocket of sea glass I’d found, and she was giggling back about the pool of hermit crabs she was watching. “Look at these little guys! It’s like a big city in there.” She mused what their bubbly underwater voices might be saying, ‘scuse me.’ … ‘pardon me.’ … ‘coming through.’” And it was in this tide pool where Juwels found what she calls her “gift from the mermaids”, a tiny antique bottle half buried in the sand.

It was that bottle which lit the flame of our new candle concept, and people have been aglow with excitement since we lifted the curtain.

terrain: What ingredients do you use in your candles?

p&j: We use 100% raw beeswax and buy from local beekeepers. Beeswax burns cleaner, brighter, and longer than any other wax on the planet. It ionizes the air, pulling dust particles and allergens out of circulation. It produces no black smoke, and the fresh scent from this golden wax is pure pollen, nectar and sweet honey.

terrain: What are your biggest influences?

p: As we immerse ourselves in golden blocks of beeswax, and our home smells of honey and pollen, we sometimes feel like we’re bees in a hive. We have great veneration for these fascinating creatures. They do their merry work dusk till dawn with no drain on the environment.

In fact, if it wasn’t for the bees playing cupid between male and female flowering plants, many fruits and vegetables would never reach your plate. These little buzzers cross pollinate 1/3 of our food - that’s one out of every three bites.

But it’s not just the bee’s work ethic and sustainability that we’re influenced by, it’s also the trouble they’ve found themselves in and the help they desperately need. Bees by the millions have been vanishing from the hive without a trace, and researchers are struggling to find out why. There’s a great new documentary called “Vanishing of the Bees” which sheds some light on Colony Collapse Disorder. Juwels and I attended the Hollywood screening, and as the film unravels the plight of the bee and their keepers, we learned that chemical pesticides from conventional food are prime suspects in the demise of our beloved bees. We can all help by supporting clean organic produce, and investing in renewable beeswax over harmful alternatives.

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