A couple of weeks ago I was so excited to open my box of 8 porcelain dog heads bought from the etsy.com shop, Burlap Luxe.. I had never encountered such a wonderful variety of breeds before, which meant more varied creations. Here are the heads that I started with (all vintage "Made in Japan" salt or pepper shakers):
Next, I found tins for each of them that I thought brought out the color, personality and style of each dog . . .
And then gradually each individual, one-of-a-kind dog took shape into a character with an appropriate name or title by embellishing with various found objects such as knobs, buttons, faucet handles, pins, lead soldiers, bobbins, jewelry, brass flowers and butterflies, lace, spools, jewelry cabinet feet, pulley wheels, etc. And here they are!
I am 58 years old, a wife of 27 years, a mother of a wonderful and independent 20-year-old daughter, a clinical psychologist who treats adults in private practice, and last, but definitely not least, an artist. Whew! That was a mouth full. My passion is creating one-of-a-kind whimsical sculptural animals, dolls, and cake toppers (with a little multi-media collage thrown in for good measure). I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy making them!