Dragonware

Ceramic Sculpture

Fairfield, California · 738 Sales

Dragonware

Ceramic Sculpture

Fairfield, California 738 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(267)

Announcement   Welcome to Dragonware, Sue Phelan and Jackie Boutin. We create hand built ceramic sculptures in a fantasy theme. What you see here are all one of a kind pieces that we make in our studio in Northern California. We sell at fairs and markets and in San Francisco.
We have a Facebook site with the same name.
Just recently Jackie has opened up an Etsy shop called;
Clay Cephalopod and Sue has opened her shop Anima Clay.

Announcement

Welcome to Dragonware, Sue Phelan and Jackie Boutin. We create hand built ceramic sculptures in a fantasy theme. What you see here are all one of a kind pieces that we make in our studio in Northern California. We sell at fairs and markets and in San Francisco.
We have a Facebook site with the same name.
Just recently Jackie has opened up an Etsy shop called;
Clay Cephalopod and Sue has opened her shop Anima Clay.

Dragonware

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Dragonware

Crow
Crow
$40.00
Hippocampus Vase
Hippocampus Vase
$40.00
Turtle Soap Dish
Turtle Soap Dish
$20.00
Hippocampus
Hippocampus
$40.00
Turtle Vase
Turtle Vase
$40.00
Dragon Pot
Dragon Pot
$20.00
Dragonpot
Dragonpot
$25.00
Hippocampus
Hippocampus
$45.00
Horse
Horse
$70.00
Turtle Soap Dish
Turtle Soap Dish
$35.00
Dragon Bowl
Dragon Bowl
$30.00
Fish
Fish
$40.00
Fish Bowl
Fish Bowl
$20.00
Horse
Horse
$30.00
Manatee
Manatee
$20.00
Sea Lion
Sea Lion
$20.00
Rabbit
Rabbit
$40.00
Manatee Soap Dish
Manatee Soap Dish
$20.00
Sea Lion Soap Dish
Sea Lion Soap Dish
$20.00
Red Dragon Bowl
Red Dragon Bowl
$20.00
Horse
Horse
$30.00
Rabbit
Rabbit
$25.00
Belly Dancer
Belly Dancer
$60.00
Fish
Fish
$30.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(267)
Rayna Helms

Rayna Helms on Jun 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
allthingsfineandfun

allthingsfineandfun on Jun 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful sea lion - Fast delivery - Well packaged - Would highly recommend - Thank you!

darkhorseprimitives

darkhorseprimitives on May 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Love this sculpture - the colors the artist chose - the shape and form - perfect!!!

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Updates

I am making a new manatee design

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Manatee Soap Dish
Manatee Soap Dish
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About

The Story of Dragonware

Octopus..hmm...how to make one? Where does one start? Go on computer and search for images...realistic photos to artists renditions....colors? after an hour go back to the studio....
dig out a ball of clay....separate into parts for legs....how many? Very important...8 legs to be exact...roll out and attach...curl each leg and attach to body...make a pleasing shape and form...eyes? What kind of eyes do they have? more research....back to table and octopus...form features...hollow out main body to guard against air bubble and too thick clay which causes blow ups in kiln......let dry slow for a day...put outside on table in the sun to finish drying...next day bring in and paint on under-glaze details...with fine squeeze bottles...let dry some more and fire a week later...with others....pull out and inspect piece..all is well? no major cracks? Aaaa...lets glaze in what color...bright red? Orange? Blue, Purple? Green?....hmmm..red is the color chosen...paint on and place in kiln with brothers...fire for 5 hours....next morning...open kiln and there he is staring up at me in all his red glory....ready for a new home.
A day in the life of selling. 3 am...stumble out of bed...see that coffee pot is running....got to garage and open hot kiln....peak at bright colors within...go back indoors to drink coffee waiting for kiln....get dressed...go back into garage pull out pieces from the kiln....bright red octopus, green fish....yellow and orange dragons...black cats...all come out of kiln one by one and greet the cold dark morning...pack into boxes and into truck....4:30...drive to San Francisco to arrive at 6:00 lottery for space....wait in line with over 100 to 150 artists...finally pick space...unload and set up as sun rises over Bay Bridge and Bay...parrots sqauk in the palms fighting for dates....booth constructed...go into coffee house facing the water...talk of the weeks events with fellow artists....yawn...finally walk back to booth, set up and ready for the day............
Evening comes and pack whats left and go home..


Jackie started working in clay very young. From the start in early high school in Alaska folks wanted to buy her pieces....when in college she worked part time jobs...but when she brought her work to sales they always sold for morethen she made at her jobs...a light went on! Time to focus on ceramics for a living..even though all art teachers said impossible!
First serious endeavor was getting license to sell in San Francisco and Berkeley in the seventies...by this time the second and third members joined Dragonware...as the organization came to be known...this was Pris and Sue...all three worked on many ceramic projects...from hand built planters to chess sets to lamps with hand built glass shades...along the way Pris dropped out to pursue a music career...Sue stayed and now a brief word about her.
Sue started out as a painter and moved to ceramics later when becoming friends with Jackie...and then it clicked. Dragonware was truly born.
I now move to the first person narrative since its me 'Sue" who is writing this missive. I truly love clay in all its
forms from low fire (which we focus on) to high fire, working part time at a local college in the art dept firing
kilns...that's where the name 'Kilngoddes' comes from...goddess of the kilns.
Dragonware then went on to sell at fairs and markets throughout Cal. Also selling to many shops around the world.Our main focus right now is selling online with Etsy and the streets of San Francisco, to be more precise Justin Herman Plaza across from the famous ferry building end of market in the financial district. We sell every weekend rain or shine unless we are at a fair.
The process of making the work goes as follows, we make pieces all the time...dry them out in the heat, under-glaze them with detail work, fire or bisque them and then the glaze which takes hours...then they are loaded in a kiln and fired..pulled out warm loaded into and old pick up and set up at a booth in SF...this process goes on every week almost without fail...with time taken out for special orders and projects.

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  • Sue Phelan Jackie Bouitn

    Owner, Maker, Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on October 6, 2016
Hello, thanks for viewing our shop. Every sculpture you see is one of a kind. We hope you enjoy your visit.

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Shipping
The price you see for shipping covers both shipping and handling so won't always be exact. We try and round it out. Most of the time we use Etsys calculated shipping. Sometimes it comes out off so if it is considerably over we will refund you the funds
When we ship our sculptures we use re-cycled boxes since each and every piece is a different size.
We tend to ship twice a week, but that being said, most smaller pieces tend to get shipped quickly, larger more complex work tends to take a bit more time to get packed just right...that's why our shipping time is a little different for each one. When in doubt, just ask.
Some of the larger, heavier pieces we don't have international shipping prices since its really hard to know a head of time. If you are interested we can work it out and let you know just how much it would cost.
Thanks