In 2016 Indiana WOCP president Ellen Wilson-Pruitt had an idea to propose a china painting project to Washington, DC. The Indiana painters already had established a relationship with Second Lady Karen Pence. The artists had done 2 other public projects previously. They painted a 30 place setting and 30 serving piece set for the Indiana Governor’s mansion with Indiana Wildflowers during the O’Bannon administration. Mrs. Pence loved the china so much when she was Indiana First Lady she approached the painters again about painting 150 presentation bowls with the Indiana state flower the peony for her First Ladies Charitable Foundation.