Marketplace: “Bath” Trinket Dish

Bath Trinket Dish

Japanese lacquerware was a popular theme in homes when I was growing up, and I always admired the deep black and rich red with gilded decoration and the glossy finish of the wooden salt and pepper shakers my mother had as decorations in the kitchen. A trinket dish in this style had been coming to mind for a while, and for the decorative image featured in gold in the center I decided to use one of my brush pen sketches. I had also long studied and practiced Japanese brush pen techniques, and brush pen illustrations were often used on red and black lacquerware items. And, of course, brush pen sketches of cats are also a beloved theme in Japanese art, so it was a natural fit.

Bath” fit well in shape and style, and because I would have a stamp made from the sketch I wanted to be sure the simplicity of the lines would work on the stamp.

Each dish is formed and painted individually. I rolled the clay fairly thin, cut it with a 4″ cookie cutter, and placed it in the bottom of an old cereal bowl and rolled a smaller bowl around the inside to thin the sides but leave the bottom a little thicker, then ran my finger around the edge to thin it out just a slight rounded edge.

The design is painted in red soy-based acrylic paint and the sketch stamped in gold ink in the center. I gave it a light coat of polymer finish to protect the surface.

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This 4” round curved dish is made from black polymer clay, trimmed in red and stamped in gold with my brush pen sketch “Bath”. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.

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OTHER SMALL TRINKET DISHES

Curving Silhouette Trinket Dish

Curving Silhouette Trinket Dish
Curving Silhouette Trinket Dish

Mimi wants to know the nature of the royalty she will receive for my use of her image on the trinket dishes.

This little trinket dish is 4″ in diameter and made from natural white polymer clay. The black design is adapted from a daily sketch that is actually made from cut paper, in black of course, and Mimi was the model, “Curving Silhouette”.

Each dish is formed and painted individually. I roll the clay fairly thin, cut it with a 4″ cookie cutter, place it in the bottom of an old cereal bowl and roll a smaller bowl around the inside to thin the sides but leave the bottom a little thicker, then rUn my finger around the edge to thin it out just a slight rounded edge.

The design is painted in matte black soy-based acrylic paint. I add only a light matte finish to protect it because I want the original look and feel of the clay and paint.

I’ve long wanted to experiment with polymer clay and fixated on this design when I first began thinking about my Sampler Box program, so this little dish was part of my first box in April 2016.

PURCHASE A TRINKET DISH

This 4” round curved dish is made from natural white polymer clay, handpainted with black design adapted from a daily sketch. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.

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TRINKET AND DECORATIVE DISHES

The distinction between “trinket” and “decorative” is based roughly on size but is very subjective. My initial trinket dish, “Curving Silhouette” was 3″ in diameter, much like other little dishes or shallow bowls used for decoration or to drop small items into such as jewelry for safekeeping. When I made “The Big Nap” I felt it was too large to be a trinket dish, though it might be used for one, and decided it might be more of a decorative item. So, I kind of make it up as I go along. See all my trinket and decorative dishes currently in my Handmade Gift Gallery on Portraits of Animals, Trinket and Decorative Dishes.


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Mimi with her trinket dishes.Mimi wants to know the nature of the royalty she will receive for my use of her image on the trinket dishes.

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