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blue butterfly ceramic sgraffito vessel


Over the years I have been asked to create many different and interesting commissions. Some customers have been very specific about what they want and others have given me an idea and asked me to run with it. This comes down to personal choice and I'm happy to create new pieces in either way.

I work with you very closely making sure that both you and I are on the same page as far as design size and achievable colours go. I usually create line drawings first and once these are confirmed I go on to make a watercolour which you get to keep once the commission is completed. 

I have on occasions make small tests showing the exact colours the slips will fire too and posted these for approval. I'm happy to do this as it can save any confusion down the line but obviously would be an added cost.

We can have as much or as little contact as you feel you want during the design process and once I'm ready to start on the final piece I will always double check to make sure we are both happy.

Pricing varies greatly so I'm unable to give you an estimate until we have discussed what you’re interested in. Please do get in touch for a chat to find out more about commissioning a unique sgraffito piece.

Common Blue butterflies & Rose of Sharon commission

I was contacted and asked to create a large vessel decorated with the flower Rose of Sharon and common blue butterflies. I loved designing and creating this sgraffito piece and my customer was very happy. I felt the blues and yellow’s worked really well together and these flow around the form. I used both male and female butterflies as they have slightly different colourings. As with all of my work a great deal of research goes into each design before I can start working with clay.

blue butterfly ceramic vessel

Above you can see the drawings and watercolour I created for this commission. These were posted to my client and after his approval I started to work on the final piece. I always explain that the colours are a suggestion as working in clay slips is very different from painting in watercolour.

yellow rose of sharon flower
blue ceramic butterflies
yellow flower blue butterfly ceramic vessel
blue butterfly sgraffito ceramic vessel

The final Common blue butterflies and Rose of Sharon piece after firing. Every design can fire slightly differently so its    always tense but exciting when I open the kiln for the first time and see the final colours.

If your interested in talking to me about a possible commission please do get in touch.


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