Oysteria Inc. is an Oyster Plate & Accessories business established in 2010 by friends Monique Chauvin and Leslie Stidd Massony. Their works reflect their love of this city, our culinary culture & decorative arts. All pieces are handcrafted, fired in New Orleans and are made to be used, enjoyed and collected.

The two teamed up creatively when Leslie joined the staff at Mitch's Flowers, owned by Monique Chauvin. They loved to challenge themselves artistically beyond their acclaimed floral talents. Their hobbies: studying art, painting, playing around with clay, and entertaining.

Leslie's life-long love of oysters helped shape their artistic focus. According to Leslie, "being a real New Orleans girl, an oyster was my first solid food!" And when she and Monique were asked to come up with a plate design for a gift ...Oysteria, Inc. was born.

Although only established in 2010, Oysteria products are now hot items coveted by locals, as well as fans across the country. The Oysteria line can also be found in many fine New Orleans shops and of course, Mitch's Flowers, where it all began.

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Monique ChauvinMonique Chauvin is a native of Louisiana and a New Orleans resident for over twenty years. Having always been creative and a great lover of the arts, she began her career working for designer Joe Morrow of Ashley Hall Interiors. After honing her skill in the design business, Monique decided to venture out on her own and purchased Mitch's Flowers in uptown New Orleans in 1999, and has since turned it into one of the top floral design businesses in the city, even being named Top Florist by New Orleans Magazine in January 2010.

Monique's hard work, an artistic eye, and warm heart have helped her to build a talented team of floral designers, and a devoted clientele. She continually encourages her staff to develop their artistic skills to grow, which is how she and Leslie developed the Oysteria line of beautiful handcrafted service ware.

Leslie Stidd MassonyLeslie Stidd Massony is an accomplished artist and proud native New Orleanean whose work has been shown throughout the United States. Her talents range from Oil Painting; Pottery, Artistic Faux Painting; Floral Design; Interior Decorating and Interior Styling; as well as Food Styling. She's worked with top New Orleans interior decorators such as Vesta Fort, Sara Ruffin Costello, Gerri Bremmerman and Holden and Dupuy. Publications featuring her work include Southern Accents and Glamour.

After working as a freelance artist for many years, Leslie decided in 1993 to become part owner and partner of Uptown Flowers. Leslie's combination of artistic and business skills made Uptown Flowers "the" spot for beautiful and artistic arrangements. In 2005, Leslie left Uptown Flowers to pursue her other artistic goals. Soon after, she joined Monique at Mitch's Flowers as Lead Designer and Oysteria Inc. soon followed.

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