Popogirl

Porcelain Ceramic Handmade Art and Letter Mosaic Tiles

Michigan, United States · 4850 Sales

Popogirl

Porcelain Ceramic Handmade Art and Letter Mosaic Tiles

Michigan, United States 4850 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(2178)

Announcement   Porcelain mosaic tiles 100% handmade by artist Mary Dixon of Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1992.

Dog breeds, mosaic tiles, custom tiles, letters & word tiles.

Attention: Example photos represent the design only- not the colors! Some may have been one of a kind colors/happy accidents.
Colors currently available are shown in the COLORS photos on the letters listings.

Price is PER TILE unless where noted.

All photos are taken with natural light- no Photoshop used- what you see is what you get.

Things to do make with my tiles: a mosaic project, a necklace, earrings, brooch pin, magnets, fireplace tiles, window frame, stepping stone, memorial stone, floor accent tiles, good luck charm or anything you want!

After getting tendonitis from using Friendly Plastic (for my popular Blue Dog Studio jewelry, sold at dog shows), I decided to start using porcelain, a high fired (also known as "china") ceramic clay. It is strong and good for indoors or outdoors.

Please credit Popogirl Porcelain when using my tiles to create something new to sell.

Shipping rate includes packaging, transport & postage.

Founder and member Etsy Animal Artists Team.

Announcement
Last updated on May 3, 2016

Porcelain mosaic tiles 100% handmade by artist Mary Dixon of Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1992.

Dog breeds, mosaic tiles, custom tiles, letters & word tiles.

Attention: Example photos represent the design only- not the colors! Some may have been one of a kind colors/happy accidents.
Colors currently available are shown in the COLORS photos on the letters listings.

Price is PER TILE unless where noted.

All photos are taken with natural light- no Photoshop used- what you see is what you get.

Things to do make with my tiles: a mosaic project, a necklace, earrings, brooch pin, magnets, fireplace tiles, window frame, stepping stone, memorial stone, floor accent tiles, good luck charm or anything you want!

After getting tendonitis from using Friendly Plastic (for my popular Blue Dog Studio jewelry, sold at dog shows), I decided to start using porcelain, a high fired (also known as "china") ceramic clay. It is strong and good for indoors or outdoors.

Please credit Popogirl Porcelain when using my tiles to create something new to sell.

Shipping rate includes packaging, transport & postage.

Founder and member Etsy Animal Artists Team.

Mary Dixon

Contact shop owner

Mary Dixon

Mosaic Ceramic Tile or pin Porcelain Pit Bull
US$15.00
Mosaic Ceramic Tile or pin Porcelain Keeshond
US$15.00
Mosaic Ceramic Tile or pin Porcelain Beagle
US$15.00
Mosaic Ceramic Tile or pin Porcelain Dalmatian
US$15.00
View all 88 items

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(2178)
misskellyquinn

misskellyquinn on Sep 23, 2016

1 out of 5 stars

Order on the 9th of September for my wedding that is tomorrow the 24th. I contacted the shop to assure prior to that purchase that I would receive the charm in time I was told to go ahead and order. I am getting married tomorrow and still no charm in hand and no tracking number, did this ever leave the shipping facility? I will be asking and expecting a full refund.

Karen Meehan

Karen Meehan on Sep 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Sweet tiny horseshoe. I had this wrapped around the base of my bridal bouquet. Exactly what I was imagining. Thank you.

View all 2178 reviews

About

From Plastic to Porcelain

Note: I am absolutely pro- Obamacare. I almost lost my hand due to an infected cat bite as one of my own cats in November, as she was dying. If not for my Blue Cross policy that was purchased (by me) under the Affordable Care Act, I would have lost all ability to make the art that you see here.
I've been a natural born artist and animal lover my entire life. I was drawing and singing before I ever made a human friend. I always loved animals and had many pets growing up, much to the disgust of my non-animal-loving parents. My love of music grew alongside this, with piano lessons first, then choir, constantly.
After spending the 80's at college (for drawing, printmaking and graphic design) and club-hopping with many gay 'boyfriends' nearly every night of the week (or shopping!) I found a good guy of my own and started doing free-lance art, graphics and mural painting.
Also, in 1990 I was fortunate to live with a housemate who had adopted an Australian Cattle Dog from a shelter.
I learned the basics of dog training from this peculiar dog and a few months later, living in our own home on 5 acres, I founded The Australian Cattle Dog Rescue of Michigan.
I ran the rescue for almost 15 years and saved nearly 300 ACDs, which is one of the most difficult breeds (not a breed for timid, positive-reinforcement-only trainers). I have the education of a degreed behaviorist from rescuing, rehabilitating and re-training homeless and/or abused dogs (not pampered and socialized show dogs) of this this primitive breed which was derived from the Australian Dingo. We only got dogs from death row in shelters.
It was one of the first uncommon-breed rescue groups in North America.
Around the same time, I worked at the Humane Society in Ann Arbor. Two of my jobs was to manage the gift shop at holiday time and host 'Pet of the Week' every week on the radio with some lucky doggy or kitty.
I admired some cat pins made of Friendly Plastic by the (late) Ann Arbor artist, Nancy Diamond. Her style was funky and I was inspired to make my own designs. I bought some Friendly Plastic and started making my own wild animals, cats and horse jewelry in my own original designs.
A few years later, after I'd started selling at the Ann Arbor Farmer's and Artist's Market, a customer asked me to make a Border Collie pin for her. Not long after I was making nearly every AKC breed and started selling at dog shows.
My dog pins became extremely popular and well known.
Friendly Plastic degasses (like most plastics) at about 7-8 years, becoming brittle and easily breakable and I decided to give it up for the sake of my own artistic integrity.
I want my art to last!
My hands had suffered from tendonits from the rigorous cutting (holistic healing worked and traditional medicine did NOT work and being uninsured and not able to afford insurance, that was fine with me) and all I really wanted to do was make my jewelry out of ceramic. I had purchased a really cute ceramic cat pin (handmade, unsigned) at a cat show sometime in the 90s and it inspired me.
Then I met the ceramic artist Karen Fincannon at the Detroit Dog Show one year and was encouraged to just get some clay and start learning on my own.
I contacted tile maker Frank Giorgini, who had written the book I was learning from and he was also encouraging.
To tighten up some of the 'big mysteries' in plaster molds and other design issues, I took a tile class given by Motawi Tileworks.
Back when I was in college at Central Michigan University, I had learned some basics of ceramic from Leone Weber, who ran the student ceramic studio.
It all came back to me and with the newer info I'd learned, eventually I redesigned all my dogs and animals in porcelain, which I preferred to all the other clays I tried.
I spent many years testing various glazes and techniques and methods.
Even though my workshop and attached balcony with gorgeous year-round sunsets is very small, it is quite efficient.

My other interests include:

2008-2010: I started and ran the only Michigan-based movie animal training and wrangling company for films made in Michigan (during the short-lived film incentive we had).

I am also a singer for the parody songs produced by Rocky Mountain Mike that are played on national liberal comedy radio and TV program The Stephanie Miller Show (www.stephaniemiller.com). His first CD collection (I am on a few of the tracks) was #1 on Amazon for several weeks!

After showing in AKC shows for many years, I established the Portguese Podengo (dog breed) club in America in the mid-1990's. I helped establish the Berger Picard breed in America in 2007. I now am at the head of establishing the Kromfohrlander dog breed and club in America.

Tweet
Around the web
Shop members
  • Mary Dixon

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Lifelong artist Mary Dixon grew up in the city (Detroit) but now prefers country life. BFA Drawing with emphasis on graphic arts, lover of pop art and old new wave music.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 8, 2016
A lifelong artist, BFA/Illustration & Graphic Design, I have been working in a small studio workroom in the upstairs of our old Sears Lakecrest bungalow for 11 years. There is a good sized balcony off my workroom that overlooks my big dog yard and the 600 acre Pittsfield Preserve and spectacular, year-round sunsets.
In 1992 I originally made my animal jewelry from Friendly Plastic in my kitchen and those pieces became famous in the dog show world! But I always dreamed of making them of ceramic and in 2001, I traded the cheap, fragile Friendly Plasic for porcelain.
I also use a high fired stoneware clay that is made in Michigan and used by many of my fellow Michigan tile artisans (MI and CA were the foundation states for modern artisan tiles).
In 1999, I started to teach myself how to make tiles with some supplemental advice from tile artisan and author Frank Giorgini and Motawi tileworks co-owner Karim Motawi. Two years later I was making my jewelry from porcelain clay. I am, at my core, an illustrator and this is reflected in my claywork. However, my specialty is whimsical style, because if the dog world needs something, it's humor.
My porcelain jewelry has been advertised in the magazines Dog Fancy, The Bark and trade magazine Pet Age and earned the elusive Pet Age Magazine Pinnacle Award winner in the gift category.
I have over 20 years retail and buyer experience from some of the most legendary businesses in my town of Ann Arbor (Middle Earth, Sam's Store, Blue Front, Zingerman's).
I have developed my own personal style of retail philosophy that includes elements from all of my experiences at these places. I keep in touch with customers readily and sometimes even let them into my world.

I put a lot of time, energy and love into my work and know you will appreciate the attention to detail and high quality of my original designs.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
I accept all credit cards via Paypal and will also accept non-rubbery checks in the mail. I reserve the right to refuse service to certain buyers (I've got a jerk blacklist like most longtime etsy sellers) per etsy's refusal of service policy: http://www.etsy.com/help/article/483.
Shipping
I use the United States Postal Service. No insurance (see below).
Refunds and Exchanges
My work is handmade, one at a time. Evidence of the handmade process is inherent to the work and add to its charm.
I do offer returns or exchange on any of my work if you are not satisfied. Simply return it (postage is your expense) and I will refund or replace (do not order my products if you are unhappy with handmade evidence).
If you are remotely tempted to put a neutral feedback (or negative) please return the item and I will refund your money. If you leave a neutral or abusive negative feedback even after I refund your money, then your name goes to the TOP of the blacklist! But you wouldn't do that, now, would you?!
Broken items in the mail? Send it back to me and I will make you a new one. Even though my work is tough, I know accidents happen. If you broke it and have the guts to tell me, I will make you a new one. Send the broken one back first.
Additional policies and FAQs
Sometimes an order takes a bit longer than usual (4-5 weeks instead of 2-3 weeks) to make. This is because like most people, this is not my only job. This is also because I have some health issues that do slow me down sometimes. This is because I need more orders to fill my big kiln before firing. This is because I am unhappy with how the firing turned out and I have to re-make your piece (this is the one reason that should make YOU happy!). It is because I do not have air conditioning and in very hot weather I cannot fire my kiln during the day.
I make my work custom order and provide excellent customer service to you.

If you need to tell me what you think of your purchase, I encourage you to use the message system instead of relying on the feedback/review system.
Wholesale customers must provide documentation of their business (NOT an ebay or flea market business) and must not undercut my own prices. In addition, it is common etsy courtesy to give credit where credit is due when using one seller's handmade products in a repurposed product.