ceramic girl - de morgan ducks
Inspired by my love for old ceramics and the hand painted, often naïve style found in old patterns, in this case, a William de Morgan tin glazed earthenware tile. De Morgan was a potter, designer and later novelist and lifelong friend of William Morris. There were several different colour versions of the 'fantastic ducks' design, this girls pattern is based on the 'indigo ducks' design.
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. She has been finished in a top coat of matt acrylic.
My wooden girls are turned from lime or linden wood by a production turner and then hand painted in the U.K. by me, a British artist, exploring patterns and scenes encountered by me on my travels and in daily life. They were inspired by the kokeshi dolls made in Japan, and with every new purchase I include a leaflet explaining a little about the history of kokeshi in Japan and how they are made. I prefer to call mine 'wood girls' to distinguish them from the traditional folk craft of Japan, but they are very much in the spirit of kokeshi.
Stamped underneath with roaring bear in blue ink.
Approximately 14cm high.
Please note: THIS IS NOT A TOY and should be kept out of the reach of children.