Mellen single thick chubby

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Doreen Mellen can think of only one artist in her past — a great-aunt who painted Mellen single thick chubby velvet. During the next 25 years, she would find herself living in Canada and the United States — moving seven times — before settling in Laguna Beach. Here, in the garage, she fashions her plaster of Paris molds and hand-forms her glacial-white- and ecru-hued ceramics. When she slides open the door, her square-foot workshop doubles as a sidewalk boutique. Shelves chockablock with her French-inspired ceramics line the garage walls. Finished pieces are kept toward the front — dainty demitasse cups and creamers, chargers and platters, vegetable tureens and salad bowls.

Toward the rear, shelves buckle under the weight of more than glass jars of glaze, while others hold ceramic dishes in various stages of production. Mellen caught the bug for making ceramics more than a decade ago while visiting her daughter, who was studying in Paris. Mellen had brought with her the name of a shop where a friend had bought some dishes Mellen had long admired. Stints at the library reading everything she could about ceramic techniques, as well as experimenting with a young artist friend who had knowledge of the process, put Mellen on her way.

Making ceramics is labor-intensive. It can take three weeks — sometimes longer, depending on the weather — to make a single mug. She then places it between two sheets of canvas. After setting the slab roller to the appropriate thickness, she turns the bright blue wheel that pulls the clay through the roller.

The resultant rectangular strip resembles rolled dough. Adding a bit of slip — a wet liquefied clay — with her finger binds the two ends together.

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She cuts the handle freehand, then gently presses it onto the seamed side of the mug, adding a small piece of clay at the base of the soft handle to support it until it hardens. When the mug is completely dry she gently sands the surface smooth, then sticks it in the kiln for its first eight-hour firing. After the figures dry, the glazing commences. This takes three days. Although the process for creating handmade ceramics can be difficult, Mellen says everyone should try it.

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Although her ature colors are an icy white and warm ecru, Mellen has custom-made plates in forest green and turquoise, peachy-pink and aubergine, with motifs that include grapes, shells, swans and dragonflies. One client, food writer Dennis Meyers, ordered a set of eight dinner plates for his wife for her birthday.

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Mellen single thick chubby

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The Craft: Handmade ceramic tableware with the flavor of France