Three French Hens Ornament by Jen Stein
Slab-rolled porcelain ornament impressed with hand-carved clay stamp of three French Hens - the third gift from the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' song. Handmade by Jennifer Stein of Ramsey, New Jersey.
The ornament is fired then stained to highlight the textures, then delicately painted with glaze and fired again to over 2200 degrees. Strung with gold ribbon for hanging. Signature stamped on the back. Measures approximately 2" x 3".
Growing up in Northern Italy has influenced my passions and esthetics. I have been working in clay since 1994 and absolutely love throwing porcelain on the wheel. Over the years I have made miniatures, large alto-rilievo murals, functional ware, figurative sculpture, and even bathroom sinks.
For the last decade my focus has been making rouletted pottery - intricate bass-relief textures impressed into the rim of my thrown porcelain pots with a hand-carved roulette. I love to sculpt new roulettes (round stamps) so I now have many patterns to offer – mostly inspired by nature. Each pot is numbered and signed, each a carefully detailed yet functional centerpiece.
The bas-relief pattern on my pots is made by impressing textures into the soft clay with a 'roulette' - a round porcelain stamp. The sculpting of a roulette is done in reverse: all surfaces meant to protrude must be carved deep into the clay, and the left and right sides of the image must be flipped - a mental puzzle I thoroughly enjoy. After the roulette has been fired in the kiln, I slowly press the moist porcelain of a freshly thrown pot into the textures of the roulette, revealing the design.
Once the pot has been fired, I brush a brown stain over the textures, then wipe the stain from the surface to highlight the details and lend a parchment look to the surface. I then meticulously hand-paint the images with multiple colors. When you look at the back of the pot's wall you can see the finger marks left in the clay.
As soon as the painting is complete, I apply several coats of food-safe glazes. After a final firing, the pots are at last ready to be enjoyed.
There are four sizes of bowls and two sizes of vases to choose from. Each can be textured with any of the 30+ different patterns. Each pot can have a plain or wavy rim and can be glazed with a soft green or a soft blue glaze. In addition to the pots, you may select ornaments which are impressed with hand-carved stamps, stained, then hand-painted.
Find more of Jen's work here.