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Protean Studios has evolved from one shop specializing in quirky cute items to three shops, each with their individual flavor! This is my latest shop, one with a slightly more serious slant... ^_^ The focus here is upon ceramics, and fine art printmaking.

About Ceramics: Each piece is crafted with loving care. Please remember, these are pieces of handmade artwork! Unless otherwise stated, YES, they are food safe and non-toxic. To be on the safe side, hand-wash only and please do not put in dishwasher, microwave, oven/broiler, etc., for fear of the chance of damage. This especially applies to low-fire pieces.*

*High-fire ceramic is generally very safe to put in the microwave and oven/broiler, but I'd personally avoid it with sculptures... :)
--Ceramics FAQ answer: The high-fire ceramics in this…

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  • Joined February 26, 2011

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About

Protean Studios has evolved from one shop specializing in quirky cute items to three shops, each with their individual flavor! This is my latest shop, one with a slightly more serious slant... ^_^ The focus here is upon ceramics, and fine art printmaking.

About Ceramics: Each piece is crafted with loving care. Please remember, these are pieces of handmade artwork! Unless otherwise stated, YES, they are food safe and non-toxic. To be on the safe side, hand-wash only and please do not put in dishwasher, microwave, oven/broiler, etc., for fear of the chance of damage. This especially applies to low-fire pieces.*

*High-fire ceramic is generally very safe to put in the microwave and oven/broiler, but I'd personally avoid it with sculptures... :)
--Ceramics FAQ answer: The high-fire ceramics in this shop were fired to cone 10 = 2350 degrees F. All the glazes are perfectly food safe and non-toxic, even the brilliant, rare, high-fire reds!
-Raku Ceramics, on the other hand, are not meant to hold food or water. They are safe to handle, but are more fragile and for light decorative purposes only.
-Low fire Ceramics are also food safe and non-toxic, but not meant for the dishwasher or oven/broiler. They are stronger/more durable than Raku ware, but not as strong as high-fire ceramics.

About me:
I base my designs on things that inspire me: mostly nature and tasty things in the case of jewelry, fine art, and quirky oddities! I have been working in fine art ceramics for a decade. It's always an adventure! What I happen to create is always changing, always evolving...

Copyrighted; all rights reserved.
Sales of artworks do not transfer copyrights.

[Protean. Defn: very changeable; readily taking on different shapes and forms]

my main shop with cute art, kokeshi dolls, and plushies:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Protean
my other shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ProteanJewelry
my old acct name: muzzywolf
support *handmade* etsy shops! ♥

~and lastly...
About Printmaking: Most of the printmaking you see here is from a separate studio artist (my mom's the highly skilled print-maker in the family!). She's not adept at computers/the internet, so I will be listing her artwork for her from time to time. Her print runs are extremely limited, so few actually make it to the internet.
What are fine art prints? Here in the shop they fall into roughly three categories: Linocuts, Etchings, and Hand-colored Prints.
Linocuts are hand-carved (much like woodblock-carving) from a sheet of artist's linoleum. Each print is hand-pulled, meaning the linocut is inked, the paper laid, and the image made using a Japanese rubbing technique.
Etchings are done by literally etching a zinc plate with a needle and acid, often with multiple steps involved to achieve depth and shading. The image is then inked and put manually through a printing press (a large table with a heavy roller).
Hand-colored Prints in this shop are either Linocuts or Etchings, printed, and individually colored by hand!
Each process is VERY time-consuming and a labor of love on our part! We hope you enjoy our art! ♥

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