World Cat trinket dish.

World Cat Trinket Dish

This 3.5” round curved dish is made from natural white polymer clay, handpainted with acrylic paints in a design adapted from a daily sketch, “World Cat”, and embellishment. Price includes shipping.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

The figure in the center is adapted from a daily sketch using the silhouette and color scheme of World Cat.

I sketched this on September 2, 2012, and on that day that I couldn’t sit down in my studio because a certain black cat had taken over my chair, so I was doing other things I could do standing because heaven forbid I move the cat. I remember I spun the chair and the light hit him just right and in the highlights and shadows in his fur I pictured the globe, blue and green, little bits of peach here and there, floating in the dusty cosmos of the Milky way, envisioning an ink sketch with watercolor in those colors.

And so I grabbed my watercolor pad and my favorite Pentel Hybrid Technica drawing pen and sketched his graceful cat curve and shoulders and big ears and minimal details. Then, because he often followed me when I left the room, I tiptoed so I wouldn’t wake him to get a jar of water and my watercolors and brushes and painted the interesting light falling on him from the window and from my work lights using the watercolors from my limited traveling palette, blue, green, purple, orange and yellow.

It was all over in about 15 minutes. I named the sketch “World Cat” not because Giuseppe represents the world of cats or cats of the world (though he might like to think so), but because I set it aside for the finishing glance and it really did look like an image of the earth from space, that lovely blue and green globe, that I’d seen in that first glance.

Or perhaps it worked out this way because I think the world of my cats.

You can read more about the art and my daily sketches on The Creative Cat.

ABOUT THE TRINKET DISHES

This little trinket dish is 3.5″ in diameter and approximately 1/4″ deep, made from natural white polymer clay. Each dish is formed and painted individually. When I first made polymer clay trinket dishes last year they were kind of lumpy until I worked out how to make the shape for “Curving Silhouette”, but I kept those lumpy beginner dishes knowing I’d do something with them. With one of the pet expos coming up I decided it was time to explore the idea of a little decorative painting on these, and especially those rays in a circle around the central figure. And those colors!

The design is painted in matte soy-based paint. I did not add a finish to protect it because I wanted the original look and feel of the clay and paint.

This may be my last experiment with polymer clay, though. With all the warnings about its toxicity and my felines’ keen interest in what I was doing, I’ve been working with air-dry clay until the time I can start firing things.

OTHER TRINKET DISHES

Find other trinket dishes in my Handmade Gifts Gallery or search “trinket dish”.

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