Here at last is the big news. I have been commissioned to design and paint a set of decorative plates for a local restaurant, to celebrate their tenth anniversary this summer. Each plate needs to be different pattern and colours – at the moment they want 12 but might want to expand later on. Plus I have complete design freedom, they love all the patterns I design and want the plate designs to be along the same lines. An artist’s dream! As you may all image this was very exciting and a little scary, as I had never hand-painted on ceramics before. . . . In the last few weeks I have been practicing and trying out lots of different ways of working. Now I have a system set up and during the next twelve weeks I’ll be posting pictures here, of each new plate. This also means that I’ll have to let the “summer shops” series slide for the moment.
Here are some pictures of my test plates. As you can see I was playing around with borders and full body designs, the restaurant wants just the borders of the plates painted, but I thought for these tests, I might as well go the whole way.
The photos were taken quickly in my studio and so are not the highest quality, but give a good idea of what they look like.
Next week I’ll post the first commissioned plate design.
Have a creative day!