Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Handpainted Porcelain Pendants 4 Sale!

I'm really excited to announce that my brand-new, handmade and hand-painted porcelain pendants are finally available for sale! Currently, Monica Gonzales is having a trunk show of my pendants in her store located in Palm Desert, Southern California. If you live in the area, I encourage you to make a quick trip to Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations so you can have first-pick of the pendants currently available!
Each pendant is handmade individually by me, which means that I cut out the shapes, stamp and texture them with various tools, have them high-fired to cone 10 in a professional kiln, and then paint them by hand before sealing them with a protective spray formulated for ceramics. Each pendant is unique; there are no two alike.
My pendants are available in various shapes (such as round, square, oval, heart, and leaf) and in two sizes: approximately 1-1/2 inch square ($10 each) and 2-1/4 inch square ($20 each). These measurements are approximations; due to the handmade quality of each pendant, there are variations to be expected.
What is high-fired porcelain? Porcelain clay is known for its quality, hardness, extremely tight density, and whiteness. High-fire clays like porcelain and stoneware mature in the kiln at high temperatures, usually between cone 8 and cone 11. This type of clay is often used for dinnerware, sculpture, and other items that must stand the test of time and useage.
My porcelain pendants are exceptionally durable and resistant to chipping or breakage. While it's possible to break them deliberately through very rough handling, my pendants are not easily damaged through normal useage. They are high-fired to vitrification, meaning that the glass particles in the clay melt at the high temperature they are cured at, making them very durable.
Because my pendants are heavily textured with stamps and other tools, it was not possible for me to glaze them. Glazes are beautiful, but they create a rather thick layer of color on top of the fired clay which would obscure the textured patterns and designs that I spend so much time creating.
For this reason, I chose to paint my fired pendants with a variety of acrylic-based paints and stains, sealing them all (front and back) afterward with a spray that is specially formulated for use with ceramics.
I do not make custom orders at this time, so it's best to check out my pendants at Monica's store and see if you find some that you like.
These pendants can be used as focal pieces in necklaces, chokers, bracelets or earrings. Early next year I will be teaching my Green Heart of Envy necklace at Monica's (on February 3), so if you'd like to use one of my handmade, hand-painted pendants in the workshop this would be the ideal time to pick one up.
I also made a beautiful necklace for my mother's 80th birthday present, which I'll be posting here soon. It features five of my pendants (one large, four small) and it's now one of my mother's favorite pieces to wear.
I hope you like the samples shown here, and if you visit Monica's store soon you'll be able to choose from almost 200 pendants available in different sizes, shapes, and colors.
Thanks for having a look, and I hope to see you next year in a class or during a retreat in my home in Idyllwild, California!
Monica's store: 77780 Country Club Drive, Suite C-D, Palm Desert CA 92211
Phone: 760-772-2400
Have fun shopping!


Mary Gray said...

Hi, Sharilyn,

Is it possible that you might sell some of your new pendants online for those of us who can't get to Monica's? (Or to your classes?)

Your work is beautiful, and I would love to be able to choose from whatever is left after the trunk sale.

Thanks for considering this!

Mary, Seattle

cindy said...

These are very pretty! I'm sure you'll sell out!

Dani Garcia Where are You? said...

I love the play of color and texture~!

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