Each one of my pieces is a one-of-a-kind hand sculpted work of art. Every piece is individually handmade and sculpted using handbuilt, casting and pottery wheel techniques.
How do you make these? I am a firm believer in collaboration over competition. I am confident enough in my own work that I am happy to share my techniques. I will only say- strive to be an artist, not a copy cat. If you love my work, respect it enough to let it be original. Student copies are welcome. We all need to start somewhere, and copying our inspiration is a way to get there. I know you will find your own voice eventually! American biologist, theorist, naturalist and author EO Wilson said it best “There is not better high than discovery”.
Succulents/tropical plant are created petal by petal and formed into each individual plant.
Once sculpted, each plant is bisque fired separately from the pots. Each plant is then hand painted with layer upon layer of underglaze to give it the desired effect.
Upon completing the base forms for the sculptural elements the pieces are then slow dried and bisque fired. The bisque firing is to a lower temperature than the glaze fire. This firing begins the chemical change of the clay and makes it less fragile for handling and glazing. Once the piece is bisque fired, each sculptural element is added using hand formed ceramic pebbles coated in clear glaze. It is the pebbles coated in clear glaze that fuse the plants to the base form. Finally, upon completion of the glazing techniques, it was fired to a higher temperature to melt the glaze to the surface and the plants to the pots.
I love this piece you made awhile back.. when will it be back in your shop? I pride myself on being an artist, not a manufacturer. I do sometimes revisit ideas and techniques, but what really gets me jazzed, is making something totally new. I love keeping my creativity stimulated and I love the challenge of making my ideas come to fruition. I suggest if you see a piece you love, snag it while you can. I have no idea if I will make that piece again or not. It all depends on my mood and how many ideas I have floating around in my head!
My pot is not round, is it flawed? Your pot may be warped. This is due to the weight of the sculptural elements and the method in which the piece is fired. Many pieces are fired on their sides so the sculptural elements can fused on the side of the piece with glaze. I love the warp. It shows the process and history of each piece!
Can I use the Dishwasher? Please use the dishwasher with extreme caution. (or preferably not at all) These objects are very fragile and can jostle in the dishwasher, this jostle can cause micro fractures that will eventually lead to breaks.
Can I use the Microwave? Please do not microwave. Many of my pieces are constructed with nichrome wire. This is metal and can cause damage to your microwave and to the piece. Even if you cannot see the nichrome wire, that does not mean it is not hiding! I often use it to hold a tiny sculptural piece in place.
How much is shipping?
I have recently changed my site to completely free shipping on all U.S. Orders. This does not mean that I raised my prices to include the shipping cost. At this point in time, the items are all priced the same so the shipping is actually free! Say What?!?! It may seem crazy, but I’m going to try it out!
This move is partially experimental, and partially a learning curve. At some point in time I may realize that I cannot afford to keep this offer going, and I may raise my prices, but I will always be transparent with you about any changes I make.
International Rates are now calculated based on domestic shipping rates.
You are responsible for any additional taxes or tariffs that may occur with international orders. Prices are calculated to the best of my ability. (PS-I apologize on behalf of my country for a president throwing a fit and waging trade wars. )
-When will my order ship? After a large update, I will do everything in my power to ship everything out within 2 or 3 days. If you order from the website anytime not directly after an update, I will get your order shipped within 5 business days. I always program in my shipping days into my schedule, and when I get a surprise order (THANK YOU!), I have to find a time to safely package your order. Please allow up to 2 weeks to ship large sculptures. These require making or buying custom packaging materials and take a very long time to package safely. Thank you for your understanding!
Please contact me within 7 days of receiving a broken piece. I have only had one piece break in the mail after years of shipping. I will do everything in my power to replace your piece.
60 day return policy due to product defects. This includes breaks at attachments, or as a result of glaze fusing. This does not include breaks caused by human error, micro fractures over time, etc.
After 60 days no items will be refunded if they are broken.