Michele Cordaro's Profile

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Hello!

Thanks for visiting my little shop! My name is Michele Cordaro and I’m a full-time artist living in the coastal town of Wilmington, NC.

It wasn’t until March 2013 that I became committed to being a full-time artist. I had spent 30+ years working various careers that required a great deal of office time. I never quite understood that I was the proverbial round peg trying to fit into the square hole!! However, I did appreciate that I was never completely fulfilled. I guess it was a culmination of events in my life that made me really think about what I was doing with my days….the remainder of my days.

I found it was becoming much more difficult to squeeze my creating time into the weekends. My daughters were starting to make a life of their own which allowed me the opportunity to…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 18
  • Joined October 2, 2011

Favorite materials

Paint, Polymer Clay, Fabrics, silver, copper, gold, leather

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About

Hello!

Thanks for visiting my little shop! My name is Michele Cordaro and I’m a full-time artist living in the coastal town of Wilmington, NC.

It wasn’t until March 2013 that I became committed to being a full-time artist. I had spent 30+ years working various careers that required a great deal of office time. I never quite understood that I was the proverbial round peg trying to fit into the square hole!! However, I did appreciate that I was never completely fulfilled. I guess it was a culmination of events in my life that made me really think about what I was doing with my days….the remainder of my days.

I found it was becoming much more difficult to squeeze my creating time into the weekends. My daughters were starting to make a life of their own which allowed me the opportunity to redirect and focus more energy inward, & add to this the passing of my parents within a few months of each other in 2012 which abruptly opened my eyes to the importance of taking the leap and fulfilling my desire to create.

I am so happy you are here and for the opportunity to share my creations with you!

WHIMSIE POT USES:

Whimsie Pots are colorful, hand painted terra cotta flower pots that have so many uses!

Host or Housewarming gifts
Shower/Wedding favors or center pieces (bulk order prices available)
Gift filled with soaps/scents
Baby shower gifts filled with onesies, powder, etc.
Striking center pieces or mantel decor filled with pine cones or other gifts of nature
Caddy to hold your buffet silverware, office pens/pencils, candy, cotton swabs/balls
Porch/patio plants
Coasters are large enough to hold wine bottles!
Lollipop tree -
Look what one of my customers did!! http://www.etsy.com/transaction/78060242

CREATING WHIMSIE POTS:

I've been painting Whimsie Pots since 1999 and have found, through trail and error, how to seal and prime terra cotta pots to avoid staining and bubbling paint. I learned the hard way back then that varnish or outdoor paints alone don't suffice! I now use a fool proof method and have a 12 year old Whimsie Pot that's just as striking as it was when I first created it!

Before a plain terra cotta pot is transformed into a Whimsie Pot, I dip them in a commercial grade, water-based, waterproofing agent. After a 24 hour curing time, I cover them with a water-based, mildew-resistant stain blocker. Once dry, I apply a coat of primer. After painting the Whimsie design, I cover the pots with polyurethane. I take these steps because terra cotta pots are permeable and not stain resistant and I want you to enjoy your pots for a long, long time! I keep a large inventory so I can process large orders for special occasions like weddings/showers with a quick turnaround.

I find inspirations for my Whimsie designs from most anyplace where color and design come together. I love creating new designs so keep checking back for new lines.

Click below for my shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MicheleCordaroDesign

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