Marketplace: “Big Nap” Decorative Dishes

Big Nap Decorative Dishes
Big Nap Decorative Dishes

“Big Nap” decorative dishes, based on one of my brush pen sketches, each one handmade, hand painted and unique, reflect my influences from Japanese brush pen art, Theophile Steinlen, and Andy Warhol.

When I made my initial trinket dishes two years ago I developed a ton of ideas after working with both polymer and air-dry clay. The basis of one set of designs is my brush pen sketches integrated in several ways. Finally I made the time to work out the first of one of those styles, a little larger than the original 3″ trinket dishes, and using the outline of a sketch to shape the dish. Air-dry clay feels more like real clay but in earlier tests I found that worked this thin it would lose its strength, so I chose polymer clay.

Big Nap, orange
Big Nap, orange

The round shape of “The Big Nap” fit well to this idea. I didn’t really want to cut around all Bean’s legs so I added a little to the shape to fill in around his legs. Because the clay is baked and it works best if the object is held to the final shape while baking the size ended up being determined by the one dish I could use to form the gentle curve I wanted that could also be baked in the oven along with the clay. After it’s baked, I use the same brush pen to draw the sketch onto the clay that I used for the original sketch. The orange and blue combination with the black outline above is inspired by Andy Warhol.

Big Nap, black and red with gold.
Big Nap, black and red with gold.

The red and black with gold is an homage to Theophile Steinlen’s style when illustrating black cats with an accent color. He has been an inspiration since before I can remember, and while the black and white design was what inspired this particular dish, this design was the color version I envisioned before I knew I even wanted a color version.

This dish is 6.5″ wide x 5″ high, and about 1/2″ deep. Each one is handmade, hand-painted and unique.


"Big Nap", brush pen, 8" x 6" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Big Nap”, brush pen, 8″ x 6″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Jelly Bean’s roundness is a little exaggerated but it really was a big nap. Another one of the feline shapes I love.

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Big Nap Decorative Dishes
Big Nap Decorative Dishes

PLEASE NOTE: These dishes are not to be used for food or water. They are for decorative purposes only.

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Mr. Sunshine wonders.
Mr. Sunshine wonders.

Mr. Sunshine wonders why I didn’t use him as a model, since he is purrfect.

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One thought on “Marketplace: “Big Nap” Decorative Dishes

  • May 15, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Those are gorgeous plates.


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