This 4” round curved dish is made from black polymer clay, trimmed in red and stamped in gold with my brush pen sketch “Bath”. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.
Japanese lacquerware was a popular theme in homes when I was growing up, and I always admired the deep black and rich red with gilded decoration and the glossy finish of the wooden salt and pepper shakers my mother had as decorations in the kitchen. A trinket dish in this style had been coming to mind for a while, and for the decorative image featured in gold in the center I decided to use one of my brush pen sketches. I had also long studied and practiced Japanese brush pen techniques, and brush pen illustrations were often used on red and black lacquerware items. And, of course, brush pen sketches of cats are also a beloved theme in Japanese art, so it was a natural fit.
“Bath” fit well in shape and style, and because I would have a stamp made from the sketch I wanted to be sure the simplicity of the lines would work on the stamp.
Each dish is formed and painted individually. I rolled the clay fairly thin, cut it with a 4″ cookie cutter, and placed it in the bottom of an old cereal bowl and rolled a smaller bowl around the inside to thin the sides but leave the bottom a little thicker, then ran my finger around the edge to thin it out just a slight rounded edge.
The design is painted in red soy-based acrylic paint and the sketch stamped in gold ink in the center. I gave it a light coat of polymer finish to protect the surface.
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