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Design Dots Gingham are handmade from six different types of stoneware clay. The Peach Cobbler gingham dot is sculpted from smooth and toasty hazelnut clay with fine cream speckles and the Mint gingham dot’s clay is a warm gray with fine, dark chocolate speckles. The Pink gingham dot was created using a toasty tan clay with black speckles and the Rusty Lime gingham dot was sculpted in a really coarse clay that fires to a light khaki color. The smallest dot of the bunch is the color of faded denim blue jeans and it’s sculpted using a nice, creamy buff colored clay. Last, but not least since it’s the boldest dot of the group is my Sunflower Yellow gingham dot that is sculpted using a local terracotta stoneware clay.
Inside scoop: Creamy Yellow Gingham Dot’s clay is very unique because pairing the word “stoneware” with the words “terra cotta” is contradictory, a real oxymoron. Terracotta is not a high temperature firing stoneware clay; it’s a low firing clay in the earthenware clay category. Your terracotta garden pots are earthenware clay. Harvested and blended locally from my region, this terracotta stoneware clay breaks all the rules and makes a much bolder statement with its darker, richer red tones. And of course, the word ‘unique’ should be spelled with a dollar sign symbol in it - this is a high dollar clay, but so worth it.
Another scoop: All of the Gingham Design Dots are sculpted hollow, not solid with a big hole on the bottom and the interior scooped out like you’ll find in commercial pottery. Sculpting truly hollow is a stage for disaster. Clay shrinks in the drying and firing stages and any air trapped inside a hollow form will cause an explosion during the firing process. It’s a bang so powerful that it will break everything around it and even crack the inside kiln walls.
Prior to the final high firing, each design dot was scuffed and scored, washed in a rusty iron and manganese oxide and then hand drizzled in a gingham pattern with glaze. I just love how most of the glazed gingham pattern dots burned out and got really toasty on the pattern edges during the final high firing. It has a sort of grunge style to it; very rustic and distressed which is definitely my favorite look.
The 6 Gingham Design Dots range in size from roughly 3-1/8 inches round for the biggest Dot to roughly 2-1/2 inches round for the smallest Dot. Even though my Dots are hollow, they are solid and heavy just like stoneware promises to be. Always loving a challenge, I also sculpt them with thicker walls than hollow sculpting recommends because I like pieces with substance. Each Design Dot is signed with my artist initials on the bottom as pictured.
If you've read this page, you've discovered that my Design Dots are not simply little colored balls. Each one is a sculptured personality all of its own meant to add an accent Dot to space either as a group, in pairs or standing in a space all alone. They’re so much fun, too.