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How the shoes are made.
It begins with me sculpting a pair of shoes. A mould is made from these so I can cast more than one pair from the mould, which porcelain clay slip is poured into. The mould is poured then left for about 20 minutes, then poured out leaving a shell. It’s how your hollow easter eggs are made. These moulds have three separate parts that are held together by rubber bands made from the inner tubes of car tyres. The more complex the shape of the object the more pieces a mould will have.

Then the shoes are left in the mould for about four to five hours at least. Afterwards, they are gently released.

Each shoe is individually finished by hand. I add some embellishments with porcelain clay and any rough bits are smoothed down, so they are lovely to touch. The next step is letting the shoes dry, this can take a few days to a week depending on the weather.

After this, they are bisque fired which is the first firing and usually is around 1000 degrees Celsius. This takes approximately nine hours.

Then I coat the shoes with a transparent glaze, allowing some drying time in between two coats. Some are also coated on the inside if I decide I want to make them into a vase. Then they are fired again at 1280 degrees. This takes approximately nine hours.

Then they are ready for painting. The paints used are called onglazes that are painted on the transparent high gloss glaze with brushes. The paints come as a pigment and I add an oil-based binder that makes it spread a bit like an oil paint.
They are then fired again but at a lower temperature of 760 degrees. This takes about 6 hours. This may be just one firing or if I feel the image needs more definition it may take more painting and firings.

porcelain shoe with hand painted flower
porcelain and onglaze, craft clay
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Green Petaled Yellow fluffy flower shoe detail
porcelain and onglaze, craft clay
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$205
Yellow flowers on twisted branches painted by hand on porcelain shoes
porcelain and onglaze, waterproof
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Yellow Flowers on Twisted Branches
porcelain and onglaze
detail.
2021
pink orchid hand painted on porcelain shoe.
porcelain and onglaze
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Pink Orchids
porcelain and onglaze, detail
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
porcelain shoes with hand painted pink flowers on green branches
porcelain and onglaze, waterproof
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Pink Flowers on Green Branches
porcelain and onglaze
detail
2021
 porcelain hand painted yellow poppies shoes
onglaze with porcelain, waterproof
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Yellow Poppies
onglaze with porcelain, waterproof, detail
11cm x 5cm x 7cm2021$250
2021
$250
Twisted green branches painted on a porcelain shoe.
porcelain and onglaze, waterproof
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Berry Shoe, painted porcelain shoes
porcelain and onglaze
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Berry shoes
porcelain and onglaze, detail
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Pink Orchid hand painted porcelain shoe
porcelain and onglaze
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Pink Orchid Shoes with Stalks
porcelain and onglaze, detail
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Porcelain shoes with yellow paint.
porcelain and onglaze
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Yellow Flower Shoes
porcelain and onglaze,detail
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Porcelain blue painted shoes with orchid
Porcelain and onglaze, waterproof
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Blue Shoes with Orchid
Porcelain and onglaze, waterproof, detail
11cm x 5cm x 7cm
2021
$250
Porcelain shoes/vase with a painting of red poppies.
porcelain and onglaze, waterproof
11cm x 5cm x 5cm
2021
$250
Red Poppy Shoes
porcelain and onglaze, waterproof, detail
11cm x 5cm x 5cm
2021
$250