Ceramic Boxes

Ceramic Boxes
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  • "How Does the Rose" poem sgraffito box

    This small box has the design of a Rose on it's lid, with the a part of a poem by Rumi on the side: "How does the Rose ever open its heart And give to the world all of its beauty? It feels the encouragement of Light upon its being, otherwise we all remain too frightened." The box comes with a soft pad (removable) inside to protect whatever precious item you might want to keep in it. The box is 4.5 inches in diameter and 2.75 inches tall. I include a copy of the poem with the box. The price includes shipping in the US.
    $120.00

    "How Does the Rose" poem sgraffito box

    $120.00
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  • "Walking on Carmel Beach"

    The Cypress trees that line Carmel Beach often catch my eye. Their silhouettes are beautiful against the sky, either blue or foggy gray. Carmel beach is known to be dog friendly and there are always dogs walking and playing. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique where, after I throw the piece on the wheel, I coat it with a fine colored slip. I then carve my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. The final step of glazing the piece protects the carving. The inside is lined with a removable cushion to keep something precious safe. Stoneware clay with glazes. 4.75” diameter x 3” tall. Price Includes free shipping within the U.S.. Please inquire about international shipping.
    $130.00

    "Walking on Carmel Beach"

    $130.00
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  • Cypress Tree Box, Sgraffito

    Cypress Tree Box, Sgraffito

    This is one of my favorite trees, a stately Cypress that has watched over the Monterey Coast for many years. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique where, after I throw the piece on the wheel, I coat it with a fine colored slip. I then carve my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. The final step of glazing the piece protects the carving. The inside is lined with a removable cushion to keep something precious safe. Stoneware clay and glazes. 3.25” diameter x 2.5” tall. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping. Please inquire about international shipping.
    $120.00

    Cypress Tree Box, Sgraffito

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  • Cypress Tree Sgraffito Box

    Cypress Tree Sgraffito Box

    I designed this small box to hold jewelry or something special. There is a removable pad inside to protect that special item. The interior is glazed a blue, the color of the sky. The box is 4.5 inches in diameter and 2.75 inches tall. The sgraffito design is based on one of the Monterey Cypress trees, which are a source of inspiration to me. The price includes shipping in the US.
    $130.00

    Cypress Tree Sgraffito Box

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  • Flower Design Jewelry Box<br/>with Citrine

    Flower Design Jewelry Box
    with Citrine

    This small box is painted with the traditional Majolica technique with the gem quality Citrine stones is a "jewel" in itself, as well as being a place to keep a special jewel or two. The inside is lined with a removable cushion to keep precious items safe. Stoneware clay and glazes. 3” tall x 2.5” diameter. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping costs.
    $120.00

    Flower Design Jewelry Box
    with Citrine

    $120.00
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  • Lone Cypress Sgraffito Box

    Lone Cypress Sgraffito Box

    I designed this small box based on one of the Monterey Cypress Trees here on the Peninsula. They are a constant source of inspiration for me. There is a Lone Cypress growing on the Coast in Pebble Beach, well known from movies. This box has a removable soft pad inside to protect whatever precious item you might want to keep inside, it is 4.5 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches tall. The price includes shipping in the US.
    $130.00

    Lone Cypress Sgraffito Box

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  • Pelican Box

    Pelican Box

    These remarkable and striking birds are often seen flying just above the water, skimming over the waves, then diving with a large splash. Pelicans have always captured my imagination. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique where, after I throw the piece on the wheel, I coat it with a fine colored slip. I then carve my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. The final step of glazing the piece protects the carving. The inside is lined with a removable cushion to keep something precious safe. Stoneware clay and glazes. 3.75” diameter x 2.75” tall. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping.
    $120.00

    Pelican Box

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  • Pelican Box with Fish

    Pelican Box with Fish

    One day in the studio I started playing and this box was the result. Pelicans have always captured my imagination. They are stately birds in the sky, while a bit comic on the ground. This box is a convenient size for storing anything from tea to keepsakes. Stoneware clay with glazes. 4.5” square. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping.
    $120.00

    Pelican Box with Fish

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  • Quail in a Tree Sgraffito Box

    Quail in a Tree Sgraffito Box

    The California Quail is a strong symbol of California. On this box I have carved the male sitting on guard in a bush, while the hen and her chicks forage below in the tall grasses. The call of the male to warn his covey is distinctive. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique where, after I throw the piece on the wheel, I coat it with a fine colored slip. I then carve my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. The final step of glazing the piece protects the carving. The inside is lined with a removable cushion to keep something precious safe. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, because as I am carving the piece, I am inspired to add other details, another chick, a few leaves. The price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping. Ceramic clay and glazes, blue interior. 4.5" diameter x 2.75" tall.
    $95.00

    Quail in a Tree Sgraffito Box

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  • Red Jewelry Box<br/>with Asian Design Disk

    Red Jewelry Box
    with Asian Design Disk

    This small box has a rich red glaze. The Asian design disk is carved out of Agate. The inside of the box is lined with a removable cushion to keep precious items safe. This item recently sold. I will be creating other similar boxes. If you are interested, I can make one especially for you. Stoneware clay and glazes. 2.75” tall x 3.25” diameter. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping costs.
    $85.00
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    Red Jewelry Box
    with Asian Design Disk

    $85.00
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  • Spaniel with Ball Box

    Spaniel with Ball Box

    I have fun carving different breeds of dogs on these boxes. This little spaniel is keeping his ball close. I used the Sqraffito technique on this piece. This is a decorative technique where, after I throw the piece on the wheel, I coat it with a fine colored slip. I then carve my design into the slip, revealing the white clay underneath. The final step of glazing the piece protects the carving. The inside is lined with a removable cushion to keep something precious safe. Stoneware clay with glazes. 3.5” diameter x 2.5” tall. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping costs.
    $50.00

    Spaniel with Ball Box

    $50.00
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“…holding the mystery of what is inside.”

I am fascinated by the idea of a box, a container, especially when it is not square- cornered and expected.

I like the idea of creating a beautiful object to look at, while holding the mystery of what is inside, perhaps a favorite thing.

Many of my ceramic boxes are a continuation of my exploration of the sphere. There is something about the spherical shape that intrigues and challenges me. The technical requirements to create a sphere that opens is even more challenging. How to make the transition between the top and the bottom? I try different ideas.

These boxes give me room to play, to create with colors, by adding objects from nature, and by carving designs into their surfaces.

I used the sgraffito technique on some of these boxes. This is a process, where I throw the piece on the wheel, and then after it sets up to “leather hard,” I apply a fine slip to the surface. I then carve the design into the slip. The process reminds me of Woodcuts. The carving requires me to focus and go slowly, for there is no correcting of mistakes. I enjoy using my drawing skills with the carving. The Sgraffito technique is an ancient one.