Like my grandmother, who is the one who taught me ceramics, I may be crafty in many ways; but unlike her, I can’t paint on flat surfaces to save my life (family legend says that my grandfather would have never gotten out of medical school if my grandmother hadn’t done all his medical drawings for him). But I can paint ceramics, and I have an idea for a series of wall hangings that are more like three-dimensional paintings. For these I use three or four different molds that I have, pour them, clean all the pieces, fire them to bisque, paint and glaze them, and arrange them on a plate or ashtray (both of which can then either be displayed on a shelf, or hung on a wall). When firing them the second time, the glazes will run and melt together, binding all the small pieces into one work.
This piece would obviously be perfect for a nature lover, a birder, or just someone who appreciates different types of art (or should I say, art done differently).
As the backing is a plate, it can easily be hung on the wall with either a nail or a picture-frame hanger.
I learned ceramics like an old-school apprentice, at the feet of my grandmother who had a studio in the 1950s and 1960s, and many of the pieces I make are from now-vintage molds that she bought then. My pieces are unique, hand painted, and proudly made in my own home studio. I poured this set using a variety of vintage molds that my grandmother purchased new; the bird and daisies are from a 1961 Duncan mold, the dogwood and branches from a 1960 Duncan Mold, but unfortunately the square plate has no markings on the mold to indicate the age. If you are interested in one of these slightly different than shown (maybe you want more daisies, or the bird painted in detail, or with a blue background), please feel free to contact me for a custom order. Custom orders need a turnaround of 3-4 weeks to allow time for multiple firings.