Using qualitative reproductions of my pen and ink drawings as the foundation for my creations, I then employ these using various media and techniques to create a wide range of products. Printed images are used to create collages, decoupaged items, and decorative wall coverings. For decorating ceramic items, I apply professionally printed Decalcomania reproductions of my designs to hand-made and/or LOCALLY (East Liverpool, Ohio) produced ceramic products which then are commercially fired at 1400 degrees F. Many of the ceramic tiles I use are hand-molded at the Seneca Tile Co, an Ohio producer which, interestingly, still fires in 19th Century beehive kilns.
TEXT ABOUT TILES
AVAILABLE SEMI-CUSTOM DESIGNS
CUSTOM DESIGN OF CERAMIC TILES
10 1/2" HOMER LAUGHLIN DINNER PLATE (White Fiesta)
Because of the heavier weights of these products, I envision their use as "patio wares" -suitable for casual dining. With this idea in mind, I would like to develop other patterns inspired by important ceramic sources, but interpreted informally.
10 1/2" Dinner Plates (White or ivory Fiesta)
11 3/4" Chop Plate (White or ivory Fiesta)
10 3/4" Square Dinner Plate (White or ivory Fiesta)
Other sizes available and decoration can be customized.
12" diameter Pizza Tray
12" by 15 1/2" Hall China oval platter
PLEASE NOTE: The above items are manufactured by the Homer Laughlin Co. My designs are my own and are fired to these commercially manufactured wares. My decoration of these wares DOES NOT represent any affiliation with their manufacturer.
LEFT: my original pen and ink working drawing from which the decal was produced.
RIGHT: the design applied to a 7" Hall China "brique-a-vin" (wine chiller) or utensil crock
The Hall China 7" Wine Chiller/Utensil crock
is an ideal vehicle for personalization such as this one executed for the PA community of Sewickley)
Hall China Oval serving platter
MY COMMITMENT TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Create Jobs for USA: the local AMERICAN MUG & STEIN CO. , producer of wares for STARBUCKS COFFEE
'MADE IN AMERICA" featuring the Homer Laughlin Company
The Pontalba Ironwork Coffee Mug
After developing tile designs, it was a logical step to consider the locally produced products of the potteries. East Liverpool is still the home of The HALL CHINA CO., a subsidiary of the HOMER LAUGHLIN CO, the manufacturer of the world famous FIESTA WARE. In addition, the town's former Pioneer Pottery was purchased and became AMERICAN MUG & STEIN CO. It is with immense satisfaction that I am able to offer not only American made goods but ones that are COMMUNITY made. It is interesting to note that Starbucks recognized this value and contracts with American Mug and Stein for its products. Attached are two videos which highlight Homer Laughlin and American Mug and Stein.
I wish to emphasize that, while I use the wares produced by these local businesses, I am not affiliated with them, and my designs are my property. Each piece that I decorate is backstamped with my logo and a disclaimer stating this fact and an affirmation that decorations are lead free.
The intricate iron work adorning the venerable (circa 1840's) Pontalba buildings, flanking Jackson Square in New Orleans, was among the first installations of that architectural detail which would contribute so much to the definition of the city's character. While enjoying a coffee and a beignet ("a" single beignet?! LOL), I had the idea to base a design on the filagree as a component to be used in a collage. Later, I realized that the elongated panel could be adapted as the decoration for a coffee mug that would remind me of that experience of enjoying a beautiful morning on the Square.
"ASH WEDNESDAY SERIES"
Related designs for collages, tiles and various items.
While walking on Magazine Street in New Orleans on the day after Mardi Gras, I observed an early flowering magnolia tree festooned with the everpresent strings of beads. Inspired by this sight, I began generating drawings which form the basis for the creation of collages, ceramic tiles, and various other products. Combining these works with other New Orleans related details, this series evokes the unique spirit of the Crescent City.
ASH WEDNESDAY SERIES
This series was inspired by the sight of an early blooming magnolia tree festooned with beads on Magazine Street in New Orleans on the day after Mardi Gras.
Original pen and ink drawings of main images and elements.
Prints, made from my original pen and ink drawings, are hand tinted, the backgrounds excised, and further manipulated by remounting and collaging using various handmade Japanese Washi papers and tissues. Also decals are made from my drawings and then fired to tiles and other ceramic products.
Tile Design and design @75% used in photocopy mock up for decoration of a brique-a-vin. These would be printed in brown and then hand colored with ceramic paints and refired to become permanent. Tiles would be available in any square size from 2" by 2" to 11" by 11"
Collage detail: the background excised, hand tinted, and mounted on celery green Mingei
HOPS & BARLEY BEER STEINS made to order Each is signed and numbered
24 oz BEER STEINS, original design by David B. Kelly, made to order. Each stein is made at AMERICAN MUG & STEIN, an Ohio company and is signed and numbered. Contact by e-mail
TOP LEFT: Preliminary working cartoon to develop final design.
LOWER LEFT: Detail of decoration
RIGHT: decorated and fired finished 24 oz beer steins.
BELOW: Each stein is numbered and signed