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This little guy is an owl in a royal blue robe, approximately 5 inches tall. If your sweetie likes Owls, this is the perfect gift. So small it will fit in the palm of your hand. See picture to see just how small he is. High fired porcelain with glaze and stains.

Here is another in my series of little 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 animals. These little vessels can be purely decorative or some small 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.

Want to see more of my items for animal lovers, click here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jillatay?section_id=7757088

Please keep in mind: 1. Every computer screen is different and colors may not appear exactly as seen 2. These are handmade items, by one artist, and are not factory made. Please allow for slight imperfections 3. I am a one woman show and have no outside help (other than my generous husband) so any communications are done with a real living breathing person. Please be kind. 4. I have 100% positive feedback, I am diligent and do my best to bring joy to each customer.

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Figurine Vessel Art, Sculpture - Ceramic Owl Jar - Miniature Zoomorphic Vessel by Jill Taylor