Saturday, 16 August 2008

A crock of potteries

A POTFUL of exciting news for you... My teapotted eggcupped mice and wheeled oddfolk are taking up residence on some beautiful handmade stoneware crockery. A little while ago Gina Phenix of Phenix Pottery contacted me to ask if she might use some of my drawings on her lovely pots and bowls and cups and plates, and I am delighted to announce the results of her first firing.


The transferred drawings are fired at 1850 degrees Fahrenheit onto the side of the bowls and in the kiln, all other colourants except the iron in the transfer are burnt out, leaving a lovely sepia toned image.
The titles of each work are written around the inside rims of the pieces and Gina's pots have a beautiful earthiness and artfully pleasing shapes that I find very satisfying. I am sure some of you might be tempted by this Hermitage series as well as her other delicious potworks.
I am so excited by this collaboration, that I am inspired to draw more big-bottomed mice sitting in crockeries various to adorn Gina's pottery.



These bowls are just the beginning, there are mugs and more to follow, and Gina is ever so kindly making us a set for our wheeled home, just the right size to fit our as yet unhung cupboards and hooks. This is a novelty and half for me, having never owned a set of anything in my life before, making do instead with a brick-a-brack of charity shop misfits to eat and drink from.


I shall leave you to wander the rest of the Phenix Pottery emporium and drink a cup or three of tea...

35 comments:

Jo Hassan said...

Awww.... these are gorgeous! The rustic earthenware sets off your lovely designs perfectly. Wow!!
I'm in complete awe :0)

Vickie said...

How delightful! she really has set your designs off beautifully!

krisztina maros said...

so beautiful piece - like all of your works usually! let me give you a blogger-award over at my blog :)

laughingwolf said...

so whimsical/soothing those pieces :)

Lisa Evans said...

These are gorgeous Rima : )
Thanks for your comments on my blog, I'm not sure if you have seen this animation but I thought you might like it;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH3fhx1jBfE

Lucy said...

Wow, how wonderful! Congratulations!! They look good enough to eat out of (ok naf joke :-P)
I'll look forward to seeing your new mouse sketches :D

Byee!

Enelya

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such magical pottery! How perfect a set will be in your little rolling wonderland! And what an exciting new venture for you to explore. Edward and I wish you much success!
And, happiness!

willow said...

How fun!! My favorite is "The Concertina Eggcup Song". These are adorable. It must be so exciting to see your images on ceramic. Kudos and best wishes on this new collaberation! :D

BT said...

Gosh, what a marvelous partnership. The pottery is perfect for your gorgeous art. And how brilliant it will look hanging on your yet unhung hooks. I can imagine it swinging as you trundle along.

Bimbimbie said...

Time is a traveler and one day young eyes, grown old will fondly recall to the wide younger eyes in front of them, of the images on their first bowl and the tales they conjured up *!*

Congratulations Rima to you and Gina.

BaileyZimmerman said...

What great fun!!
Wonderful...wonderful....wonderful drawings!!
I love the shape of the bowls.

Shelley Noble said...

Simply sensational! What a wonderful application of your wonderful art! Integrated, appropriate.

I'm positive these will be highly valued collectibles.

Terry Rafferty said...

A perfect partnership, these are absolutely wonderful. So glad I get to see them; and how much fun you will have using them in your fantastical home!

tlc illustration said...

You are showing up everywhere! :-) (which is a wonderful thing).

Lovely. Congrats to you both.

Carolee said...

What a wonderful idea! Can't wait to see an entire line of pottery with your magical work. Perhaps a teapot and cups?! Absolutely enchanting!

~ Carolee

d. moll, l.ac. said...

WOW, how perfectly lovely. Doesn't seem to be any significant loss of detail in the process. Can't wait for the mugs........

Gypsy Root said...

I wanted to thank you for sharing your world and wonderful stories and art. I hope you don't mind that I am passing along an award to thank you.

Marie Antionette said...

I haven't stopped by for awile,puter has been down,But its up and going again.I'm so happy I came by at the right time.You both deserve a gold medal.The crocks are divine.You both outdid yourselves.Hugs Marie Antionette

Erica-Jane said...

Dear Rima and Tui!
Amazing.
What more can I say, Rima!
It fills me with glee to see two creative people coming together to make such great stuff :0)
Those bowls are just gorgeous!
I know what you mean about having nothing in a set! It wasn't until Mr Nick and I tied the knot and recieved some denby crockery for a wedding gift that I had anything matching! hee hee!
I love the drawing below, and as for your house on wheels!!!!!! WOW!

Take care and I hope the sun has got his hat on where you are!

Erica
xxx

Eric Orchard said...

Very cool! I love these! Congratulations on this, it's so cool. I can't help but picture them on antiques roadshow, like-next week and totally confounding the experts.

Sara Morante said...

Hello!
I came over through I.Barrenetxea's blog, and I am so impressed by your work! Really delightful and very personal style. So is your caravan :D Very good works! rgds.

Fern said...

Perfect, beautiful pottery and original, magical drawings.

Robyn said...

Love them...a lot! Your drawings look perfectly at home on these pottery pieces. Enchanting as usual!

Ciara said...

Oh Rima, I am completely blown away by these. They are just incredible! I love love love them. Congratulations! And the bowls are just perfect for your drawings. I truly adore them. Gosh...

Pat said...

These potteries are wonderful! They are a perfect way to display your magical drawings. I'll be sure to check out the Phenix blog to find out more about them, Rima.

I gave you a "Must See Blog" award on my blog under the post title "Catching Up." I hope you have some time to stop by and pick it up!

Curious Art said...

Wow, these are perfect! What a great pairing of two arts. I may have to get one of those button mice!

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I've edited in an explanation of the Open Acrylics. In my enthusiasm I'd gushed without any real info at all! Thanks for the heads-up.

bellsandthistles said...

! those are so absolutely wonderful. I love dishes/pottery like that and your drawings are so sweet. What a wonderful partnership

Valaine said...

Rima, I have a cute award for you, come by my blog later and pick it up if you'd like :)

Lunaea said...

Oh my goodness, I must have one of those "fish that pulled the house" bowls! (And everything else too!) What a lovely collaboration!

Arija said...

What a perfect marriage of artistry and artisanship. Congratulations!, and may the partnership blossom into ever greater things.
Your whole blog takes me back to a childhood of fantastic tales told on long witer nights, cuddled in blankets and agog with creepy anticipation.
Thank you so much, I'll come again when my soul needs refreshing and we have not overshot our download limit.

dani torrent said...

I really love your pottery, it's really beautiful. You have a unique style, great illustrations.
Thanks for your comment on my blog.
Greetings from Catalonia.

herhimnbryn said...

I wanna touch, cup my hands around them:)

Carl V. said...

Mine (or the one I bought for a gift) came in the mail yesterday and it is lovely! They are so well done and such fun to touch and hold.

Dixie Redmond said...

Oh, Rima (and Gina!) - what a wonderful collaboration. Rima - your drawings are so beautiful and interesting. But the whimsy factor goes up on the pottery, not sure why. I love it! Reminds me so much of the red transferware I've bought and sold on Ebay.

Dixie

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

Oh the pottery is so enchanting Rima, I have my mothers transfer ware on the wall in my kitchen and this reminds of it, only much more whimsical :)

And your home on wheels is so delightful it warms my heart to think of you off on art adventures :)

All the best!

Cat