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pot·bel·ly - /ˈpätˌbelē/
Noun: A large, protruding, rotund stomach.

What a perfect definition for our fun, round, eco-chic animals!

Our names are Anne Balogh and Sacha Mikheidze, and we are the husband and wife team behind Potbellies. It started with the ornaments. They came to life one Christmas after Sacha and I made a few for my mom as a present. He is a sculptor, I am a painter and as ornithologists, we both love birds. After seeing a little chickadee all puffed up in the cold, I had the idea to use a round shape as a base for a silly, cute ornament. That shape: repurposed old ping pong balls. One bird led in to more birds, until we had quite a few species designed, and Potbellies Ornaments™ was born! Then we had another epiphany, what about using the ornaments to make MOBILES!!!! And the rest, as they say, is…

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  • Joined February 17, 2012

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clay, paint, ping pong balls

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About

pot·bel·ly - /ˈpätˌbelē/
Noun: A large, protruding, rotund stomach.

What a perfect definition for our fun, round, eco-chic animals!

Our names are Anne Balogh and Sacha Mikheidze, and we are the husband and wife team behind Potbellies. It started with the ornaments. They came to life one Christmas after Sacha and I made a few for my mom as a present. He is a sculptor, I am a painter and as ornithologists, we both love birds. After seeing a little chickadee all puffed up in the cold, I had the idea to use a round shape as a base for a silly, cute ornament. That shape: repurposed old ping pong balls. One bird led in to more birds, until we had quite a few species designed, and Potbellies Ornaments™ was born! Then we had another epiphany, what about using the ornaments to make MOBILES!!!! And the rest, as they say, is history.

We hand sculpt and hand paint each ornament, and as such, each ornament is unique, durable and one of a kind. The sculpting medium we use dries to an extremely tough finish (it is not FIMO) and is non-toxic. The paint is acrylic, and is also non-toxic. As silly as they are, we try to stay accurate to each animal species. We will make ANY bird or animal, so just ask if you don't see the one you want!

We hope you like them and think they are as funny as we do!

Like us on Facebook!!!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Potbellies-Ornaments/444714368974624

For watercolor paintings, children's art and custom portraits, please visit my other shop:
www.catbirdseatstudio.etsy.com

Patent pending, all images copyright, trademark pending

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