The BabyDogs are the magical creation from mixed media artist Jo Lee. At Rockett St George we love both the eccentric and the stylish. Jo Lee's BabyDogs certainly fit the bill.
Jo Lee talks about her BabyDogs....
So... just where did the BabyDogs come from? Yes, from a collection of experiences & ideas of nurture, control and love, thoughts of Staffordshire Dogs, mantlepieces and 'family'... but also from playing around with toys in Boo! Studio down in the MeanWood...
Now here's the technical stuff... BabyDogs are made using two hand-made plaster moulds, the head (cast from my childhood dolls) and the body (cast from a hand-modelled body). I mix earthenware slip with very fine fibre to add strength and flexibility to the clay so that the head and the quiff can be individually added each time.
The moulds are poured and emptied and left to harden over night, the brand new 'BabyDog' parts are released the next day and carefully joined together, given a quiff, tidied up and left to dry for a good few days. BabyDog (Large) Burslem1A
They are then bisque fired to 1100ºC before being individually hand-painted with their own distinctive black markings using underglaze. Next they are sprayed with clear glaze and re-fired to 1040ºC. The BabyDogs are then given their own eyes: I take photographs of faces, crop out the eyes in Photoshop, turn them black and white and play with the light and contrast before they are made into ceramic decals. These are placed onto the BabyDog and left over night to dry before the final transfer firing of 830ºC.
Each BabyDog is a totally unique and wonderful creature… each head is put on at a different angle, each quiff individually quoffed, each marking carefully painted and the eyes are specially selected. The BabyDog is now ready to meet the world...
slipcast earthenware, underglaze & decals
h: 27cm w:13cm l:18cm