PorcelainMenagerie

Porcleain Menagerie

Texas, United States · 61 Sales

PorcelainMenagerie

Porcleain Menagerie

Texas, United States 61 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(29)

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Note from shop owner I am currently travelling! If there is something you would like to purchase that can wait until I get back in August please send me a message.

Thank you!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 16, 2016

I am currently travelling! If there is something you would like to purchase that can wait until I get back in August please send me a message.

Thank you!

Ariel Bowman

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Ariel Bowman

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(29)
dianeknoll

dianeknoll on Oct 27, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you! Love the rabbit.

traeyjardine

traeyjardine on Sep 2, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

A lovely little bit of whimsy. Well packaged and safely shipped on time.

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About

All the little Animals

I started my shop after college. In ceramics I learned plaster mold making and animal sculpture. I also got to research animals in clay on study abroad trips and travel grants. These took me to the Sevres Porcelain Factory in Paris, the Meissen Factory in Germany, and the Herend Factory in Hungary. All the European factories had one thing in common when it came to their delicate animal figurines; a handmade tradition. I was inspired by the beauty and detail in such small figurines.
When I had the idea for Porcelain Menagerie, it was largely based on the research I had done on these trips and at school. I wanted to keep the handmade traditions of Europe alive in my own sculptures, and share my love for animals. I started by sculpting each animal individually in oil based clay. I then made plaster molds of each sculpture using the same techniques they use in the European porcelain factories. Some animals are assembled from several different molds; one each for body, legs, or ears. While it is a complicated process, knowing all the steps allowed me to make/do everything myself and by hand. Clay has always been an important material to me in my artwork. I rely on clay's ability to capture texture, elegance, and natural beauty.
I want to create animal figurines that have the same handmade quality and originality as the ones that so inspired me in Europe.

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  • Ariel Bowman

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I recently graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in Ceramics. I have now moved home to Dallas, Texas and opened my studio. I make animals in clay that reflect my love for nature.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 21, 2015
Welcome to Porcelain Menagerie! My slip cast animal figurines each come from an original sculpture that I mold and cast myself. These pieces are cast earthenware with clear glaze, and some have vintage floral decals or hand painted gold luster. They are inspired by the animal figurines of European porcelain factories, and use many of the same processes. I try to emphasize the traditions from these factories by completing each stage by hand. From design, original sculpture, mold, casting, to final glazing, these are completely hand made by me. These elegant animals make a wonderful addition to any home, office, or figurine collection.

If there is something in the shop that you are interested in, but is not listed, please contact me!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
I accept payment through Etsy Direct Checkout with credit card, paypal, money order, or personal check.
Orders will not be shipped until the transactions are completed and paid for. If you are paying by money order or personal check, payment must be received by mail before your order will ship, you will be contacted by email as soon as your payment arrives.

If you need to cancel an order please email me as soon as possible. If the order has already shipped, refunds will be made after the return shipping of items.
Shipping
Shipping Address:
I will use the address provided by your Etsy order, unless told otherwise. Please make sure that the address entered for shipping is correct. If you need to provide me with a different address please add it to the comments portion of your order, or email me the address.

Shipping Method:
For orders in the US, I ship USPS priority mail and UPS for larger items. If you would like an upgrade in shipping or any insurance please email me with the information. I will put up a reserved listing* with the added insurance/shipping costs.

I ship Monday-Friday. If an order is received after 9am CST on a shipping day, the order will ship the next day.

Gifts:
If an order is a gift please let me know in the comment section! Be sure to include the address of the gift recipient, and any special message you would like included in the package.

International Orders:
International Orders are shipped via USPS First Class International or Fed Ex International. Please contact me if you would like expedited shipping or any insurance on your order. International orders usually arrive between 5-7 business days.

Packing:
Shipping ceramics can be tricky, especially when its sculpture. I take great care in each piece that I package, I don't want them to break either! I will usually use bubble wrap and packing peanuts for small pieces. Larger, or more delicate pieces will often be packed with foam sheets, or styrofoam reinforcement lining the box in addition to packing peanuts and bubble wrap.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase in any way, please contact me within five days of receiving your order. I will be happy to arrange exchanges or refunds, but please contact me within FIVE days of receipt.
In the case of refunds and exchanges, the purchaser is responsible for all additional shipping costs and must make sure items are properly packed. Damaged returns will not be refunded.

If an order is lost in the original shipping or does not arrive, please contact me! I will work with the post office and if the package is not found within 5 business days I will be happy to send the items again and cover the shipping costs.

If an order is broken in the original shipping, please email me and send an image of the broken items. I will be happy to resend the items and there will be no charge for the shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale Orders:
Please contact me via email. Must provide a valid Tax ID (resale license).