The wells in this palette aren’t just mere indentations; they're landscapes, miniature worlds molded by time and elemental force, awaiting your brush to bring them to life. Each paint well in your palette has been carefully shaped with pebbles collected from the rivers of the Pacific Northwest. The pebbles lend their own tale to your art—a tale of resilience, timelessness, and natural beauty.
- Approx. 9.5"x6.5"
- Features 15 paint wells
Speckled buff clay: Adds a tactile, earthy feel that beautifully complements the glossy white glaze.
- Shiny white gloss: Not just for looks, but designed to make each color pop and ease the process of mixing, offering you an effortlessly smooth blend.
- Preserved imperfections: I invite you to celebrate the natural variances and unique imperfections, ensuring that no two palettes are ever the same. Each flaw is a badge of authenticity, a reminder that art isn’t about the pursuit of perfection, but the celebration of uniqueness.
Consider this palette a bridge between you, me, and the world we’re inspired by. With this palette, you're not just painting pictures; you're crafting stories and capturing the elusive soul of the natural world.
While the rocks that formed these palettes have all been sourced from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the palettes’ names honor rivers that span the globe.
Fun fact: Rio Douro roughly translates from Portuguese as “river of gold”. When the setting sun catches it right, you can see why. The waters gleam like liquid bullion bars.
🜃 functional art
This hand-built ceramic piece can be used to accompany your painting journey. With its tiny wells, this palette is perfect for watercolors and ink. Use the space in the middle as your mixing ground. Coming in a bigger size, this palette is perfect to take your painting ambitions to the next level.
🜃 earth is perfectly imperfect
Each piece created is meant to embrace imperfections, and each wobble, asymmetry, indent, and other handmade quality is intentionally preserved. Seeing earth formed by hand grounds me (no pun intended) and reminds me to celebrate my handmade process of creating art while I'm using a functional piece of art. I hope it helps to remind you to embrace your process in its entirety as well because your creative journey is so very special.
No two pieces are alike. View the full collection.
🜃 the process of this piece
Raw, wet clay was rolled out into an even slab and left to breathe for several hours until it reaches a stiff, yet moldable form, then carefully formed to an organic edge palette.
After about 2 days, the piece was fully dry and ready for the first round of firing. It was carefully positioned in the kiln and high fired at 2200F (1204C) for 8 hours, then left in the kiln to cool for another 12 hours. This created the bisque material from the raw clay for the perfect preparation to add glaze.
After the piece's first firing, its design is planned out to determine where color and sheen is added. Once the resistant wax was applied to where glaze wouldn't be added, the glaze was mixed to a meticulous consistency that would evenly bond with the bisque material. The piece was then fully submerged into a container of the glaze.
After the piece was glazed, it heads into the kiln again for another round. Once the second round in the kiln was complete, this beauty revealed its finished result for the first time.
While the piece is "finished" after a final firing, there are finishing touches that are oftentimes missed in ceramics--the most important being a light sanding to the bottom the piece to soften the gritty texture.
After this rewarding process of playing with mud, a functional piece of art is ready for use.
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