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    Hand-Painted Mugs

    May 14th, 2010

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    Sometimes when I’m between projects, I try to come up with new ideas for our pottery.  A couple weeks ago, you saw the evolution of our large bowls through the years.  It seemed like such a big jump when I started hand-painting our bowls with so many different colors!  From there, I started hand-painting everything!  But only this past week did it occur to me to hand-paint our mugs.  The picture above shows the first ever Jean Elton painted mugs and I am so excited about them that I will probably keep them in my kitchen for myself.  But even if someone didn’t want a whole set, wouldn’t just one be a fun gift?

    Lois Signature


    The Evolution of Painted Bowls

    April 15th, 2010

    When asked why she started hand-painting her large ceramic bowls, Lois remembers a conversation she had with a fellow ceramic artist at the Rosen Show in Philadelphia several years ago.  ”The woman had hand-painted her bowls and was selling like crazy,” Lois says.  They got to talking and Lois mentioned how much she admired her work, while lamenting her own lack of drawing skills.  But the woman encouraged Lois to begin painting.  And that’s how it began!  That’s when Lois started painting plates; she liked it so much, she eventually graduated to hand-painting all her work!

    Browse the gallery below to see the evolution of her painting prowess on her large bowls.


    The New Wall-Hangings

    April 7th, 2010

    8bWall-hangings are not a new idea to Jean Elton Studio.  In fact, we’ve been creating wall-hangings for years!  But you might be surprised at how much they’ve changed recently.

    If you are unfamiliar with our larger wall-hangings, take a look at them on our website.  The wall-hanging you see there is a four-piece, three-dimensional wall hanging measuring 22″ high and 52″ wide!

    But recently we have started creating much smaller wall-hangings like the one you see to the left, for those of you who may not have nearly 5-feet of wall to spare!  Interested in how they are made?  Keep reading! Read the rest of this entry »


    Ceramic Jars: From Blue to New!

    March 15th, 2010

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    For years, I’ve been making these little ceramic jars and glazing them with one color or another.  They have never been a big seller like our dinnerware, but they are a fun little item.  Just a few days ago, however, I asked myself why I had never tried to hand paint one of the jars, like I do the plates.  So I decided to try one.  Suddenly the hand-painted jars are getting so much attention!  See the picture below and tell me what you think!   Read the rest of this entry »


    Making of Plates

    February 4th, 2010

    Jean Elton has its own line of plates that are glazed in a wide variety of colors and designs.  But the process from just an idea of a plate to beautiful, hand-painted one is long.  It begins with an idea, then a drawing, then a complicated process that turns a drawing into a three-dimensional physical object.  That object is then used to create plaster molds, which allow us to replicate the plates over and over again (as you can see in the video below).


    Another special feature…

    November 20th, 2009

    We all know how beautiful the ornaments have turned out to be, but did you know they can also be personalized?

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    Just use a fine point Sharpie to write your personalized note on the back.  It can be anything from a simple “to/from” note to a short message for your loved one.  More ideas:

    • Use them as gift tags to top presents
    • Give them as gifts to teachers, students, employees, and other friends
    • Give them as your yearly Christmas ornament to your children
    • They also make great stocking stuffers!

      The prices range from $2.75 to $4.25, so order yours today!


      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 »


      New Art: Water Color Designs

      September 15th, 2009

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      New from Jean Elton Studio, artist Lois Barker uses “water color” type glazes to paint these bowls by hand.  All designs are completely unique, and yet match perfectly with each other.  Each bowl or plate takes several hours to complete, and that’s just the painting! These designs are available in all sizes of plates, bowls, and even lamps.