This pottery artist is noted for work that is formed and painted with exquisite clarity and detail.
Each figure in this charming group was individually fashioned, from clay that was gathered, mixed, coiled, formed, pit-fired, and painted, by hand.
A large, black and white kitty shelters three happy children – and a pert, calm mouse!
The children are stylized, but hold naturalistic poses.
One little girl holds a big fish, intended for kitty – cat’s lunch, no doubt; the little boy holds a ball of yarn for kitty to play with.
The oldest and largest girl reclines gleefully on the cat’s back, her long hair flowing down, and has a large pottery plate in her hands – to hold the fish?
Sitting serenely, and looking alertly up, into the distance, the cat looks benign and satisfied.
Each child is dressed and coiffed in traditional detail; the colors are arranged to form a wonderfully balanced composition, including kitty.
Except for the turquoise accents, all the colors are natural clay slips or vegetal-derived black paint.
Imaginative, and delightfully appealing, this is a marvelous piece of figural pottery that will make you smile each time you look at it.