12 Countries Spotlight in Holland : Harriet Damave
First, Harriet rolls out the white porcelain clay quite thinly
After the clay dries it is placed in the kiln
where the clay is fired and is the ready to paint.
Now the real fun begins!
Harriet is trained as a professional illustrator, and she paints gorgeous, intricate unique patterns and details onto each ceramic piece. The way she works with cobalt oxide pigment is almost like using watercolor pigments, and it is a powdery gray color before being fired again in the kiln - when it turns into the deep cobalt blue that is traditional for Dutch Delft ceramic art.
This group shows the contrast between the gray painted pieces - not yet fired in the kiln - and the brilliant blue and white pieces that are fired a second time at 1260° Celsius or 2300° Fahrenheit then coated with a transparent glaze and fired once again.
I was very impressed by Harriet's dedication to her art and the huge amount of time and thought that goes into each individual piece!
She creates a wide variety of pieces, some featuring Dutch canal houses
which bring back wonderful memories of strolling around Amsterdam.
She also paints romantic hearts
playful tea pots
unique Christmas ornaments (not too early to shop for next year!)
in an amazing variety of styles - as brooches, rings, and pendants.
These make perfect one of a kind handmade gifts for someone who is a collector!
Harriet packages everything personally with love