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Mounted Imperial Easter Egg

This bronze mounted porcelain Easter egg was most likely made by the Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory in the late 19th to early 20th century. The porcelain has been enamel painted with two alternating pairs of floral sprays on a lavender […]

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Southern Italian Maiolica

Monday to Friday making pots. Selling your wares at the Saturday market. Sounds like the ideal life. So it was for southern Italian potters during the late 18th to early 19th century when this bottle in the form of a […]

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Gardner Mosaic Cup and Saucer

Mosaic Pattern Cup and Saucer. Gardner Porcelain Factory. Russia. Circa 1800. The Gardner Factory was established in 1766 by Francis Gardner, a transplanted English entrepreneur, with the permission of Catherine the Great. Gardner was the first of the great Russian […]

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Russian Imperial Porcelain Rondel

Rondel or circular plaque. Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory. Period of Nicholas I. 1825 to 1845. NI mark in underglaze blue. A group of wealthy merchants drinking tea, smoking opium and conducting trade. The scene speaks of the period leading up […]

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2018_33

I don’t know what to call these yet but I like them a lot. They are ‘fusion buttons’. All glaze, no clay. Not just any glazes but ‘Ancient Glazes’. That’s the project I’ve been working on the last few months. […]

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2018_32

The first half of the week went according to plan. After trimming bands of chatter marks around the bases of the mugs, foot rings were added and trimmed in place. By the time I began attaching handles though, my mind […]

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2018_31

I’ve begun to suspect that the porcelain body I have been using might be the underlying cause of the glaze issues. That would explain a few things. Switched to Tucker’s 1085 just in case. Generated lots of mug parts this […]

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2018_30

There has been a setback in my quest for the perfect mug. A serious issue with either the glaze or the porcelain body that cannot be ignored. It prevents me from putting the recently fired mugs out for sale. I’m […]

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2018_29

There is a bigger story to tell than the one I am offering this week but the pain of it is still too fresh. In short, I am making the best of a bad situation and moving on. In place […]