Early Bird Designs

American Made Since 2011

Jill Burns

Worcester, Massachusetts
Porcelain tableware inscribed with paintings of flora and fauna. Wake up your table with art you use every day.

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Early Bird Designs begin as porcelain slabs, which are hand-formed into cups, bowls, plates, vases, platters and other tableware. Each piece is finished using the Korean technique called mishima. When the clay has stiffened, an image is inscribed and a dark slip is inlaid into the recesses. After the clay has dried, excess slip is removed and the design is revealed. The pieces are kiln-fired twice with colored glazes applied in the last stage. The images are playful interpretations of 18-19th century botanical and animal engravings. Early Bird Designs was launched in 2011, after working in ceramics for 20 years. It combines my early training as a painter with my love of clay, as well as speaks to my inner industrial designer. Each piece is made by hand – a work of art you can use every day

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    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

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    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

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