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    Ornament Update

    October 30th, 2009

    As you may remember, JE artists Kathy and Lois were hard at work on their Christmas ornaments.  They rolled the clay into large slabs, used cookie cutters to create tons of fun shapes, used straws to add holes to each ornament, stamped each shape with the Jean Elton logo, and once they dried, they were each cleaned up around the edges.

    Next, they were fired in the bisque firing.  How did the bisque turn out?  See the pictures after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

    Around the House

    October 22nd, 2009

    Plates can be displayed for special holiday occasions.

    Jean Elton has three distinct lines of pottery: dinnerware, giftware, and designer.  The dinnerware and giftware can be customized to suit your tastes and reproduced as many times as you would like.  The designer line of Jean Elton pottery are unique pieces of art created by Jean Elton artists.  However, did you know that the Jean Elton dinnerware and giftware can be used as art around your home, too?  Take a look at the gallery after the jump for examples of dinnerware and giftware as home decor (click for larger picture). Read the rest of this entry »

    Christmas Ornaments

    October 14th, 2009

    If you’ve visited almost any retail store this past week, you may have noticed that they are already preparing for Christmas.  Well, if they are, then so can we!  This week, artists Lois and Kathy began creating Jean Elton Christmas ornaments.  Here’s a picture tour of the first part of the process.

    Ornaments 1
    First, the clay is rolled into large slabs.

    Ornaments 2
    Kathy and Lois have decided on a large variety of shapes!
    For that, they use cookie cutters.

    Ornaments 3
    The cookie cutters are placed on the slab of clay.
    They try to fit in as many as possible.

    Read the rest of this entry »

    Staff Meetings

    October 13th, 2009

    The team of people behind Jean Elton are not your ordinary, type-A workaholics.  Yes, they work hard, but they are also quite creative in everything they do.  For example, last Friday a staff meeting was planned.  Instead of a boring meeting, however, they met over an exquisite meal on Jean Elton dinnerware.  See the pictures for a beautiful table setting and several of the people behind Jean Elton.

    A Lovely Bouquet in a Jean Elton Sail Vase

    October 12th, 2009


    Behind the Scenes: Inspirations

    October 8th, 2009


    My mother-in-law is a painter and we have some of her beautiful watercolor paintings around our house.  She painted a lot of flowers, but most of her work was very abstract.  Before I started hand-painting our dishes, I would look at her work and wonder if I could translate some of that beauty onto our pottery.  In the beginning, I would try to draw a perfect flower, but soon I realized that perfection wasn’t as interesting as different shapes and designs.  Instead, I started drawing flowers, not worrying whether or not they were perfect, and then complement them with abstract shapes that I would later paint in all different colors.  That is how the latest Jean Elton designs were born.  I use water color glazes to achieve the bright and varied colors that I saw in my mother-in-law’s paintings.  And then I just draw and see where the shapes and colors take me.