Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Heart Lab: Bailey Doesn't Bark

I love the latest pieces from RJ's Bailey Doesn't Bark line (how great is that name!). Here's a peek at how these unique handpainted pieces come to life .... Thanks RJ!

1.The Big Idea
Ideas just come to my head out of the blue. My head is like a blender ;) all the information I collect while walking around, seeing beautiful things, museums, books, magazines, movies, internet, situations, people...(the list goes on) blends into one and stays in there until its ready to be drawn/made. I rarely sketch what I'm going to draw - When I have an idea, I like to draw directly on the 'canvas'. The 'canvas' (in this case - porcelain) usually is picked because I have a particular idea for it. Maybe I do things backwards... (I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't know how long it takes for one particular idea to come up...)

2. Picking the porcelain:
1 hour

3. Painting
The process can take just a few minutes to several days... It really depends on how I'm doing as far as inspiration and if I had coffee right before - caffeine jitters...

On a good day I can draw several pieces in a couple of hours. Before I fire the porcelain, I tend to leave the pieces out for a 1-2 days because sometimes I do change my mind about the drawing and change it up a little here and there until I'm happy with it. I use a fine brush and apply several layers if necessary.
Painting: 1 hour OR 5 hours...

>> continue reading Heart Lab

4. Waiting for the paint to dry: 24 hours - 36 hours

5. I fire the porcelain at least 2 times:

1st time - 40 minutes with a cool down of 30 minutes to 24 hours (depending on the piece)
2nd time - 40 minutes

6. Cool Down
After final firing, I let the pieces cool down inside the oven with the door open: 1 hour

7. Bath Time
The next day I wash the piece with soft sponge and wash cloth in luke warm water + dish soap:
5 minutes

8. Photographing + uploading for website: 10 minutes per item

9. Packing + Shipping:
10 minutes per item

10. Post office: ...... depends on the line. =)


Melissa de la Fuente said...

Oh, what a great find Marichelle! I love her work and also the beautiful packaging! Lovely,lovely.
Thanks for sharing!

Cindy said...

her work is wonderful and i really love seeing the process!

Unknown said...

RJ's paintings are so sweet and original... this is really a great find! And I love how you put all your features together - the collages are what gives them the special touch :)

terry said...

Such lovely work! And I love this series - so great to see the time and effort that goes into a handmade piece. Thanks!!

Marichelle said...

Melissa: I love the sleeping birds, just when I thought I've seen enough of birds :)

Cindy/Scott: I definitely learned a lot from this piece, I love how RJ uses her kitchen oven!

Jasmin: Thank you! I'm glad you like the layouts - I wanted to come up with a simple way to present all of the great finds but also add a little bit of eye candy :)

Terry: So glad you find it interesting, hmmmm... I'm sure there are a ton of folks out there interested in seeing a behind the scenes look at how lovely hats are made (hint hint)

Estercity said...

Beautiful blog!!!

Marichelle said...

esterity: Thank you very much.