bath girl - ducky

£48.00

  • Image of bath girl - ducky
  • Image of bath girl - ducky
  • Image of bath girl - ducky
  • Image of bath girl - ducky
  • Image of bath girl - ducky

Artist's notes on style, materials and inspiration:

There's nothing quite like the Japanese bathing experience - washing yourself thoroughly with shampoo and soap beforehand, getting squeaky clean and finishing with a rinse from the bucket before immersing yourself in a deep hot bathtub. This girl has a little rubber ducky to keep her company.

This girl is approximately 17.5cm in height. She has been turned in lime or linden wood on a lathe and hand painted. Stamped underneath with roaring bear in blue ink.

My pieces are painted in a naïve and simple style, with visible brush strokes and differing paint consistencies. It is important to note that these dolls are made from real wood which will have naturally occurring markings and grain, and sometimes there will be small amount of bleeding along the grain, or knots, which is to be expected when using untreated wood - please make sure you consult the pictures carefully before purchasing.

My wood girls are made in the 'spirit of kokeshi', being originally inspired by the 'creative' kokeshi branch of the traditional Japanese folk craft of wooden limbless dolls which are turned on a lathe and hand painted. Dentō kokeshi are the traditional kokeshi, deeply rooted to their places of manufacture (often onsen towns) within Japan and made with very specific body shapes and pattern designs, often by generations of a same family. Dentō kokeshi can today be classified under eleven different types: Naruko, Tsuchiyu, Togatta, Yajiro, Sakunami, Yamagata, Kijiyama, Nanbu, Tsugaru, Zao-takayu, and Hijiori. By contrast, 'creative' or sosaku kokeshi are not associated with any particular region or style and often made by artists unconnected to craft families, and apart from the fact that they are still turned on a lathe, their styles and decoration are pretty much limitless.

PLEASE NOTE: Wood girls should be kept away from water which can damage the wood and painted surface, and also away from direct heat/ sunlight which also can affect the surface colour and the timber itself.
THIS IS NOT A TOY and should be kept out of the reach of children.

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