Made to Order - This 7" diameter scalloped-rim english porcelain paint features a hand-painted dog design in the center (See the Story Tab for how this design came about!). I have experimented for about a year playing with different techniques to "print" on pottery. I have studied several different traditional print-making techniques in this process and adapted them to the clay-world of materials. The design is painted on paper first and then transferred to clay in different stages depending upon the materials used. The transfer process if very satisfying to me - it's much like the application of a temporary tattoo; however, this tattoo becomes permanent at a bit over 1800 degrees Fahrenheit! Zoom in on the pictures to see the glaze effects closely. It is made of a white english porcelain. I often imagine being in the red-hot kiln as the glazes move and interact with each other to create their unique effects. Each kiln-load is like Christmas morning to me! The bottom features some doodles in the Mishima technique.
7" dia, 1" tall,
plate w/hand-painted pottery tattoo and clear glaze, white english porcelain clay
10% of the sales of "Not Cute, Damn Sexy" items go to animal rescue organizations.
This item is one-of-a-kind. My one-of-a-kind work is called 'Heirloom' because somewhere deep inside me it is my hope that you will pass this along through the generations for others to enjoy its unique nature. I also call items 'Heirloom' when I've spent more hours decorating a piece than I could ever truly recover by charging a premium for it. It's part of the process I love. It's part of what makes the medium ever-changing for me. It's part of the challenge of what new creativity might be drawn out and onto my work.
My handmade pottery items are made individually when I "throw" clay on the potter's wheel to shape the basic form. Sometimes I literally throw it onto the wheel head to get it to stick well, but the process in-general is called "throwing". They are turned over, re-centered, and trimmed when the clay has been allowed to dry slightly. Sometimes I also start with slabs of clay that are then hand-built into their shapes vs. on the wheel. Handles and other clay additions are then added and the piece is allowed to dry very slowly to prevent warping or cracking. When the piece is completely bone dry it is fired in a kiln (think big clay oven) to a temperature of just over 1800 degrees F. After this first firing, the piece is then decorated with glazes that a much like a slurry of powdered glass in water and often do not look anything like their finished colors. When the glaze is dry, each piece is carefully loaded back into the kiln to be fired again to a temperature just over 2200 degrees F. This work is considered "mid-range" temperature pottery fired to Cone 6-7 upon completion.
So, my husband and I adopted the most adorable little terror of a Shih Tzu in 2017. In 2016 we lost the last of our little Shih Tzu family just after Thanksgiving and told ourselves we would wait until after Christmas to start looking for a new furry family member. December 26th, 2016 we went to the SPCA for a meet-and-greet with a little Shih Tzu named Merlin who had 3 other people on a waiting list to adopt him before us.
While we were there we met a distraught couple who were turning in a biting scared little guy named Copper to the SPCA because they did not think they could help with his rehabilitation. They told us he was rescued from being a puppy-mill dog and was just too afraid and would not come out of his kennel. When he did come out, he came out barking, nervous, and biting. We asked the SPCA when we could come back to meet and adopt this dog that was being turned-in and they said if he was adoptable we could come back in five days. Five days went on and we didn't see him on the SPCA website.
So, we went back to the SPCA and the person there said he was no longer with them! My heart sunk! Then she did a little more digging to find that just before the New Year, a rescue agency came in and adopted all of the dogs who were destined for high-kill shelters. These were the dogs that were deemed "not adoptable" because they were too aggressive for SPCA staff to get in to evaluate them. Thankfully they gave us the contact info for the rescue agency and we were in-touch and putting an application in that day. By January 11, 2017 we had Copper in our home. He spent the first several months nervous and barking his head-off at my husband whenever he would come close. We took him to a special trainer who gave us tips regarding how to deal with Copper's rehabilitation - patience being key. He calmed down enough by month 3 to visit the vet.
I took him to his first veterinarian appointment and when we walked through the doors, the assistant behind the desk stood-up immediately looking at me and said very enthusiastically "That dog, that dog is not cute - he's Damn Sexy!!!" From that moment on - Copper is has been The Damn Sexy dog in this household. We are now about a year and a half from his adoption and he is still a nervous little guy - suspicious of any new things or movements, but so adorable and cuddly. He has a heart of gold underneath whatever happened in his past to cause him not to trust people. We hope this story will inspire you to consider adopting a pet! 10% of all items featuring our "Not Cute, Damn Sexy" dog will go to animal rescue agencies.
These items are one-of-a-kind, handmade items and should be hand-washed or top-rack dishwasher washed. They are microwave friendly; however care must be used to ensure you do not overheat them.