DottieDracos

Dottie Dracos Ceramic Art and Paintings

Ellensburg, Washington · 5930 Sales

DottieDracos

Dottie Dracos Ceramic Art and Paintings

Ellensburg, Washington 5930 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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(1529)

Announcement   We're now Dottie Dracos and daughter, Lara Mogensen

It's time. I've been making my ceramic artwork completely alone for a long time. Now they will be made by the two of us -- which I hope gives me more time to play with my granddaughter and to garden!

If you're interested in a specific ceramic piece that I haven't done yet -- or something you have in mind that I haven't thought about yet! -- write me with your request and I'll do my best to get it done for you.

Art is what I do! I am a full-time, self-employed artist: a painter and a ceramics artist. I do all my own work and have no employees. You buy directly from me, and I ship your purchases to you from my home studio. There are no "middlemen."

MY INSPIRATIONS: I love animals, first of all, and like to honor them in my work: their beauty, their loveliness, their silliness, their specialness. . . I incorporate animal images in both my paintings and my ceramic arts as well. I also love nature in all its glory and variety, and I also try to interpret what I see of nature in my artwork. I live on a small farm in Washington State, where we have many different kinds of animals surrounding us. We have horses, chickens, alpacas, goats, sheep, and, of course, dogs and cats, one rescued sparrow, one rabbit -- and one Guinea pig! So I am surrounded by all my inspirations on a daily basis. Oh, and there are cows of every sort in the fields adjoining our property, so I have many, many subjects just waiting to be immortalized in either paint or ceramic. Hope you enjoy my work as much as I love making it.

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CERAMICS: I hand-build my happy ceramic animal sculptures, mostly dogs, cats, farm animals, and other animals. I also build or throw whatever strikes my fancy, too. My very large sculptures are often a process of both throwing and hand-building.

HOW THEY ARE MADE: After I have built or thrown my clay artwork pieces, they are "bisque fired." Then I hand-paint them, using many layers of special ceramic paints. Afterward, I glaze them and do a final firing. And then, I oh so carefully, open the kiln to see if everything went as planned (it most always does!) It's an exciting time, opening the kiln after the final firing. Kind of like opening birthday or holiday gifts! It's a lot of work but a lot of fun, too.

********* PAINTINGS AND PRINTS**********

HOW THEY ARE MADE:

ORIGINAL PAINTINGS: I would call my style a heightened realistic but cheerfully colorful style. I paint mostly animals (dogs, cats, cows, other farm animals) but also other subjects (landscapes, birds, abstracts). I paint using either acrylic or oil paints (sometimes both in a single painting) usually on stretched canvases but sometimes on other, less traditional surfaces.

PRINTS OF MY PAINTINGS: I personally print my reproductions on very high quality luster/lustre photo paper, which is water resistant, fade resistant, non-glaring, and shows off the saturated colors of my paintings to their very best. The prints are sealed, unmatted and unframed, inside a crystal-clear pouch. I sign the back of each print.

To see my latest artwork, even before it goes up on Etsy, you can check out my blog: http://www.dottiedracos.com

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Last updated on Mar 14, 2018

We're now Dottie Dracos and daughter, Lara Mogensen

It's time. I've been making my ceramic artwork completely alone for a long time. Now they will be made by the two of us -- which I hope gives me more time to play with my granddaughter and to garden!

If you're interested in a specific ceramic piece that I haven't done yet -- or something you have in mind that I haven't thought about yet! -- write me with your request and I'll do my best to get it done for you.

Art is what I do! I am a full-time, self-employed artist: a painter and a ceramics artist. I do all my own work and have no employees. You buy directly from me, and I ship your purchases to you from my home studio. There are no "middlemen."

MY INSPIRATIONS: I love animals, first of all, and like to honor them in my work: their beauty, their loveliness, their silliness, their specialness. . . I incorporate animal images in both my paintings and my ceramic arts as well. I also love nature in all its glory and variety, and I also try to interpret what I see of nature in my artwork. I live on a small farm in Washington State, where we have many different kinds of animals surrounding us. We have horses, chickens, alpacas, goats, sheep, and, of course, dogs and cats, one rescued sparrow, one rabbit -- and one Guinea pig! So I am surrounded by all my inspirations on a daily basis. Oh, and there are cows of every sort in the fields adjoining our property, so I have many, many subjects just waiting to be immortalized in either paint or ceramic. Hope you enjoy my work as much as I love making it.

***********************CERAMICS*********************

CERAMICS: I hand-build my happy ceramic animal sculptures, mostly dogs, cats, farm animals, and other animals. I also build or throw whatever strikes my fancy, too. My very large sculptures are often a process of both throwing and hand-building.

HOW THEY ARE MADE: After I have built or thrown my clay artwork pieces, they are "bisque fired." Then I hand-paint them, using many layers of special ceramic paints. Afterward, I glaze them and do a final firing. And then, I oh so carefully, open the kiln to see if everything went as planned (it most always does!) It's an exciting time, opening the kiln after the final firing. Kind of like opening birthday or holiday gifts! It's a lot of work but a lot of fun, too.

********* PAINTINGS AND PRINTS**********

HOW THEY ARE MADE:

ORIGINAL PAINTINGS: I would call my style a heightened realistic but cheerfully colorful style. I paint mostly animals (dogs, cats, cows, other farm animals) but also other subjects (landscapes, birds, abstracts). I paint using either acrylic or oil paints (sometimes both in a single painting) usually on stretched canvases but sometimes on other, less traditional surfaces.

PRINTS OF MY PAINTINGS: I personally print my reproductions on very high quality luster/lustre photo paper, which is water resistant, fade resistant, non-glaring, and shows off the saturated colors of my paintings to their very best. The prints are sealed, unmatted and unframed, inside a crystal-clear pouch. I sign the back of each print.

To see my latest artwork, even before it goes up on Etsy, you can check out my blog: http://www.dottiedracos.com

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Dottie Dracos - Painter and Ceramic Artist

I am first and foremost an artist: a painter and a ceramic artist. I do original paintings and prints and original ceramic animal sculptures and faces/masks.

MY CERAMIC ART (aka "Wild Wild Things"): So much fun! I've done my fun, mostly decorative, sometimes functional, ceramic artwork for over twenty years now, but they still make me smile every time I complete one. You can always recognize my own artwork first of all by the high quality of my work, of which I am very proud, and secondly by my hand-written signature symbol ".e" on each and every piece.

HOW I MAKE MY CERAMIC PIECES: My ceramic pieces are all hand-made here in my home clay studio. Each piece is made one at a time, either by hand-building or thrown on the pottery wheeI, sometimes a combination of the two methods in one piece. I design and build everything by hand with a nice white, very malleable earthenware clay, which is bisque-fired and then painted with my signature wild colors by me. Each piece is then coated with a clear glaze coat and fired again. Then, oh so carefully, I open the kiln to see if everything went as planned. Most all the time, it's an exciting time, opening the kiln after the final firing. Kind of like opening birthday or holiday gifts! It's a lot of work but a lot of fun.

I make animal faces or masks, pet food dishes, animal sculptures,such as dogs, cats, chickens, cows, other farm animals, and some functional pieces as well, such as my "almost perfect" soap dish. I also hand-throw and hand-build large sculptures.

MY PAINTINGS: I would call my style a colorful and heightened realistic style. I paint mostly animals but also other subjects, including landscapes and cityscapes. I sell original paintings and prints. I paint usually in oil paints and sometimes acrylic paints, almost always on stretched canvas.

Prints: I create my own prints using two very high quality professional printers. Prints are on a professional photo paperwhich has a luster/lustre finish, which is water resistant, extremely fade resistant, non-glaring, all qualities which best show off the saturated colors I use in almost all my paintings. I seal the prints, unmatted and unframed, inside a crystal-clear pouch, and I sign the back of each print. I sometimes sell canvas prints of my paintings; contact me if you're interested in a specific image on canvas.

Original Paintings: I paint with professional artist-quality oil or acrylic paints on stretched canvas.

If you have any questions about any of my work, you can message me here at Etsy and I'll be happy to answer any question you might have.

To see my latest artwork, even before it goes up on Etsy, you can check out my website/blog: http://www.dottiedracos.com.

MY ART PHILOSOPHY: Painting is not only my career -- it is my love, my passion. Every day when I enter either of my studios, I know that I will learn something new, improve my skills, and create something beautiful where nothing existed before but a blank canvas or a blob of clay. What a great life!

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  • Dottie Dracos

    Owner, Creator, Artist And Owner

    My life is great! I am an artist! I make original ceramic artwork in my home studio, and I paint really fun animal and landscape art. I live with my family, surrounded by all kinds of animals, who are often the models for my artwork.

  • Lara Mogensen

    Co-Creator

    Hi, my name is Lara, and I am Dottie's daughter. I have been involved in the creation of my mother's ceramic creations from the time I was a small child- I grew up with this stuff! Creating art is great, creating art with your family is 'priceless'!

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