To make them is quite the process. First, I carve all the molds in polymer clay. Once the molds have cured, I press out pieces in porcelain. While they're still in the greenware stage, I hand-tool them, adding larger holes and removing any burrs. Once they've dried out, I fire them.
Then comes the part where I play. I hand-glaze them in matte velour glazes and fire them again. Once they've been fired, I tumble them to bring out the detail and enhance the silky-satin feel. The pieces are then stained with permanent inks, detailed with opalescent paints and pigments, and touched up with colored wax and Gilder's Paste. I try to achieve iridescent effects found on Ancient Roman glass and rake-fired ceramics.
These are my latest results. Sadly, the pictures don't really do them justice. I wish there were a way to capture all the shifting colors and shimmering effects of the new finishes and colorplays.
I'm selling them for $8 each, plus shipping. Contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment if you're interested.