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Like my other jars, this one has a head for the stopper. But this time the kitten's head is also movable. Measures over 10 inches tall by 5 inches wide and represents a Mother cat and her young kitten. High fired glazed stoneware.

Here is another in my series of animal jars. A la Beatrix Potter and A.A. Milne, these little creatures take us on a flight of fancy to a magical realm where animals talk and go about in royal robes. If you are looking for a gift for someone or a treat for yourself, these are perfect for bringing a smile to the face of all. They appeal especially to those who love cats. These little vessels can be purely decorative or some precious keepsake or memorabilia can be placed inside them. Some people use them to keep a remembrance of a beloved lost pet.

They are not for holding liquids because they do not have a tight fitting lid. This is part of the design. They are interactive sculptures where the head can be turned to change the expression of the piece. The pictures try to give an example of the different ways they can look and feel.

Making them I first roll out the clay into thin sheets to form the body of the piece. The designs are then worked into the surface which includes ancient and modern motifs. The heads are hand sculpted as well and I use photographs of real animals capture the ideal of the animal. Then everything is dried. When bone dry, they are bisque fired in the kiln, usually the next day. The palette is bright because I love color. I make my glazes in very unorthodox ways, rather like a cook in the kitchen who doesn't like recipes. I choose the colors for each carefully, to make each one unique. They also all have a liner glaze inside for strength. Fired again to about 2200 deg. F the pieces are then transformed into the most amazing substance. Ceramics are a very tactile substance with a wonderful feel to the touch. I try to capture that feel in the photographs but of course that can't be done.

These designs are one of a kind. I myself have searched and have yet to discover anything quite like them, here at Etsy or elsewhere. I draw my inspiration from the canopic jars of Egypt and have been developing jars and bottle with heads for over 20 years. They are magical even to me. Often I wake up in the night with new ideas for the next series. Sometimes I laugh out loud when doing the final assembly. I play with them for hours. My husband probably thinks I am in my second childhood.

When they need to be cleaned just carefully wash him with a mild soap, no solvents or abrasives.
These are a variation on my larger lidded jars. See my shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/jillatay
I have been making jars like this, inspired by the canopic jars of ancient Egypt, for over 20 years. I never tire of new ideas to try.

Can be functional but not recommended for wet ingredients.

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Ceramic Cat Mom and Kitten Jar - Original Art by Jill Taylor - SALE


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: stoneware clay, glaze, stoneware, ceramic
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